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Welcoming the New Year Right With the Best Resolution: Prioritize Your Eye Health This Time 

A trusted eye doctor, conduct regular check-up

Start the year right by caring for your eyes. Over time, it is common for us to prioritize our health- whether it’s dental, skin, heart, etc. Unfortunately, eye health is often the least concern for most. According to the (WHO) World Health Organization, at least 2.2 billion people experience vision impairment, and an estimated 1 billion could have been prevented if treated earlier. Vision impairment may seem like a trivial matter that is frequently taken for granted since most people are unaware of its prolonged consequences, such as blindness.

While it is correct that there are medicines and high-tech optical equipment that may provide solutions for these eye diseases, prevention is always better and cheaper than cure.

It’s never too late to combat this. Visit your trusted eye doctor, and get the regular check-up that you deserve. If you are curious about the benefits of having your eyes checked, please continue reading. Who knows? This might alter your perspective. 

A Simple Eye Checkup May Lead To Something More

Many patients who visit the optical clinic for an eye grade checkup are often surprised to learn that they will need further examinations for specific eye concerns. This creates more awareness about potential eye conditions that may be present or could develop.

Change Must Begin Now

Over 62% of Filipinos suffer from cataracts, with a whopping estimate suggesting that 10-20% of people in the Philippines belong to indigenous groups in isolated rural areas 1.Vision is necessary to function well in our everyday lives. Therefore, it is highly encouraged to have your eyes checked regularly and observe unusual symptoms caused by other eye diseases as well. 

the most common causes of blindness and visual impairment

Some of the most common causes of blindness and visual impairment, along with their typical symptoms, are as follows:

  • Refractive errors- This affects the way light rays enter the eyes, leading to blurry vision, which causes any of the following: 

Myopia (Nearsightedness) is an eye condition that allows you to view objects clearly that are near.  

Hyperopia (Farsightedness) a refractive error of the eye where distant objects can be seen more clearly than close objects. 

Astigmatism often has a cornea shaped more like a football instead of the normal round shape. This error affects how light enters the eyes, leading to a distorted or blurry vision. 

Presbyopia typically shares the same symptoms with hyperopia, which is difficulty in focusing on close-up objects.The main distinction between the two is presbyopia occurs due to the natural aging process. 

  • Cataract– This eye condition is characterized by the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, leading to a decrease in vision. Common symptoms are double vision in one eye, fading of colors, difficulty reading or performing detailed tasks, halos around lights, cloudy or blurred vision, and frequent changes in eyeglass prescription.
  • Glaucoma– It is a group of eye conditions that damages the optic nerve, leading to a loss of peripheral vision. Signs to look out for are tunnel vision, elevated intraocular pressure, blurred vision, halos around lights, eye pain or discomfort, headaches, nausea, or vomiting (associated with acute angle-closure glaucoma)

Cataracts and glaucoma’s symptoms are nearly identical, but the key distinction lies in their impact. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, resulting in peripheral vision loss. In contrast, cataracts cloud the eye’s natural lens, affecting overall vision clarity.

  • Diabetic retinopathy- This is a diabetes-related condition that affects the blood vessels in the retina, which is the result of prolonged high blood sugar levels. Symptoms are  vision, floaters, impaired color vision, dark or empty areas in vision, difficulty perceiving contrast, vision fluctuations, vision loss, and poor night vision.
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)- One of the leading causes of vision loss among individuals over the age of 50. AMD is a progressive eye condition that affects the macula, a small part in the center of the retina responsible for central vision. Beware of these signs: blurred or distorted central vision, difficulty reading or performing close-up tasks, dark or empty areas in central vision, straight lines appearing wavy, changes in color perception, difficulty recognizing faces, slow adaptation to low light, and hallucinations (advanced stage).

Remember, never engage in self-diagnosis. Always consult a professional to assess your condition properly. Please note that even if you experience one or more symptoms mentioned, it does not confirm the presence of an underlying eye disease.

Have Your Eyes Checked Even Without Symptoms

Why? As discussed earlier, this is crucial to avoid serious eye illnesses that may lead to blindness. In addition, regular visits to the eye doctor can help detect the possible development of astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, and other minor issues. It’s essential to keep in mind that we live in a digital world where nearly everything we do involves computers, cell phones, and iPad screens that emit blue light—a type of light that may contribute to certain eye diseases.

While eye problems could be genetic, and that is already out of your control. Even so,  this matter can still be controlled with proper monitoring. 

Visit any of Executive Optical’s branches for a free eye check-up. Known for its state-of-the-art facilities with over 300+ branches nationwide, EO continues to step up its game by offering an array of premium quality eyewear completed with high-tech lenses that provide extra protection against UV light. In addition to this, the company is also equipped with the necessary optical equipment and machines for a more thorough eye examination. Click this link to redirect you to the nearest branch. 

Sources:

1 (Manuklan, Natalia, and Lilit. “The Fred Hollows Foundation Boosts Eye Health in The Philippines.” June 1, 2023).

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