Do I Need Glasses? Optometrist Reveals the Cost of Neglected Eyecare

Do I Need Glasses? Optometrist Reveals the Cost of Neglected Eyecare

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Dr. Bosung Kim OD

 

Dr. Bosung Kim received his Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Waterloo and then continued to pursue his Doctorate of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago graduating with Cum Laude Honors. He was a member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society, Tomb and Key Honor Society, and also served as President of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society during his studies.

Dr. Kim loves to provide optometric care because it allows him to focus on three things he is passionate about: health care, building relationships, and fashion. He strives to help patients see their best and has been providing optometric care in the lower mainland since 2017.

Corrective eyewear, like prescription glasses and contact lenses, can help correct vision problems of all different natures. If a person does not address their vision problems right away, these may progress into more severe and irreversible eye problems which can be more difficult to remedy.

Our eyesight is one of the many aspects of life that we can sometimes take for granted. Our eyes help us visually perceive and analyze as we tackle our tasks for the day; however, with time, the acuity of our eyes may change. Your vision can deteriorate over time—it may not be the same as it was in the past and may not be the same years in the future. Early detection and acknowledging changes in your eyesight now can help maintain and correct your vision to better protect you in the years to come.

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The Signs That You Might Need Glasses

Compromised eyesight manifests itself in ways unique to each individual. If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, it may be a sign that you need to meet with an eye doctor.

  • Blurred, distorted, or double vision – objects in your vision can appear distorted, or you may even see double images.
  • Eyestrain – your eyes may feel tired or even irritated after some time.
  • Difficulty in seeing and driving at night – night blindness makes it difficult to make out objects in dark or dimly lit places. 
  • Computer vision syndrome – computer vision syndrome has headaches, dry, red, and burning eyes, light sensitivity, eye strain, blurry vision, and pain in the shoulders, back, and neck area.
  • ‘Halos’ or ‘auras’ around objects – you see a bright light or ‘halos’ around objects when looking at them.
  • Fuzziness – objects in your vision appear hazy, and they may not have clear and defined outlines.
  • Presbyopia – this condition is the physiologic loss of focusing ability of near objects. It commonly occurs to people aged 40 and above.
  • Nearsightedness – this condition is also known as myopia. This condition allows for ease of seeing near objects but makes it difficult to view objects at a distance.
  • Farsightedness – farsightedness is also known as hyperopia. This type of eye condition allows for distance vision to be expected but makes it difficult to view objects up close.

Not all persons will experience the same signs and symptoms. If the changes you’re experiencing are not typical, please see an eye doctor immediately. Are you experiencing any of these symptoms and do you live in the Vancouver area? Consult with an optometrist in Kitsilano for an eye health check-up.

The Cost of Neglected Eyecare

In the long run, putting off your appointment with the optometrist or not acknowledging your eye condition can damage not only your sight but also your overall health. Many eye conditions can have irreversible effects on vision and if severe enough, may prevent someone from holding a valid drivers license. Unfortunately, neglected eyecare can lead to a decrease in one’s activity during daily life, due to visual limitations. 

Without correct eyewear, your eyes may have to work harder than usual. This results in eyestrain, eye fatigue, and headaches, all of which can negatively affect one’s quality of life. 

In some children, corrective eyewear can help with eye development in their formative years. With the help of glasses, the retina receives clear images but without, it may lead to headaches, delayed learning, and an eye condition known as amblyopia, more commonly known as lazy eye. Children grow at rapid speeds and so do their eyes. It is recommended that children receive annual eye examinations so that their vision and eye health can be optimized for the long run.

A common eye condition that affects the older age groups is a condition called cataracts. It slowly presents itself when your natural lens within the eye starts to turn opaque. Cataracts form painlessly, but slowly start to block your vision. If this condition is left untreated, it could become more challenging to remove, cause more surgical complications, and can unfortunately leave a person legally blind.

There’s also an increased risk of injuries and accidents to a person with compromised eyesight. Blurred vision makes it difficult for a person to focus in everyday situations like driving, leading to possible dangers that may be right in front of them. 

The Benefits of Wearing Eyeglasses

Improved sight is only one of the many benefits of wearing corrective eyewear. Better eyesight may dramatically improve quality of life, by reducing eye fatigue, headaches and pain. 

An optometrist will perform an extensive eye exam to provide you with your most up-to-date prescription so you can obtain corrective eyewear appropriate for your needs. Eyeglasses are both fashionable and practical. You can choose frames of different designs and colors to compliment your personal style as well.

Take Action Before Things Are Too Late

Wearing corrective eyewear, like glasses, has been known to improve quality of life. If you’re experiencing any atypical symptoms, contact your eye doctor and start talking about possible solutions and treatments.

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