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How do glasses affect your quality of life

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Curious fact: Approximately 168.5 million U.S. residents, which represents 51% of the population, use eye correction, whether it’s glasses or contact lenses. Of this total, 25.3% of children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 17 wear glasses.

The chances of you wearing glasses of some kind are very high, whether you require prescription glasses; or like to wear sunglasses on bright days. Lenses are a tool you will surely use at some point in your life, and despite being so useful, not many people know everything they can do for us. 

True Story

During my entire childhood, I always had perfect eyesight, but I quickly realized that I needed glasses when I was 14 years old. I never really paid attention to when was the moment my vision worsened but given the fact that before this, I had never had any problems to see clearly, I quickly figured I had sight problems. 

I was in exam week, and I remembered that prior to one of the most important weeks of the school year, I started having the worst headaches, and at the same time, I noticed that the whiteboard was no longer clear. I was forcing my eyesight so much that headaches and my vision affected my performance at school, and I failed a test for the first time. 

I told my parents that there was clearly something wrong with my vision, something that I hadn’t experienced before. I was taken for an eye test, and what was going on was that I had myopia and astigmatism. My parents bought me my first pair of glasses and I never had these issues again. Nowadays, I get eye tests done at least once a year, because I know our eyesight is constantly changing, and having a perfect vision is essential to avoid any accident.

Brief story of glasses

Glasses are among the most important inventions humans have come up with since fire was discovered, along with the wheel, because thanks to glasses, today millions of people can enjoy good vision even if they have visual problems. The glasses or lenses that we know today emerged in the early 18th century.

3 Risk factors for your eyesight

Today, people are exposed to eye diseases that are increasingly common, as we are in contact with various risk factors such as

          – UV rays,

          – Blue light from electronic devices and

          – Environmental factors that promote the appearance of diseases.

Many times, these eye diseases and complications can affect our performance in school and at work, also affecting our quality of life and happiness.

Using glasses doesn’t only help us take care of our health, but also that of those around us. They help us prevent accidents at work and when driving: one of the most common reasons why these accidents happen is due to eyesight problems, hence the important role glasses play in our lives.

Car accident

6 Ways in which not wearing your prescription glasses affects you

Unfortunately, despite needing them, some people don’t like to wear glasses for a variety of reasons. Among the consequences of not using your prescription lenses we can see the following: 

  • Increased risk of falling, tripping or other accidents that could have serious consequences.
  • Sharp and constant headaches
  • Irritated eyes and constant tearing
  • Poor performance at school and at work
  • Slower reaction time
  • Increased likelihood of car accidents.

What may happen to your eyesight when you are from 40 to 65 years old?

As the years go by, the eyes begin to lose flexibility, which causes vision to gradually worsen. This process is called presbyopia or tired vision, a stage that begins its development between the ages of 40-45 and increases progressively until the age of 60-65 years. When this happens, it is ideal to compensate for this loss of vision with the use of glasses, which will provide a precise and effortless natural vision. Although wearing glasses may seem uncomfortable to some people, they offer multiple benefits such as:

– Clear vision at any distance Customized design for each patient allows a clear visual focus at any distance

– Greater comfort in any task

– Easy adaptation Thanks to the latest developments and eyewear designs, the adaptation process is usually very smooth and natural

– Dynamic visual comfort By resembling our natural vision, the use of glasses brings comfort to our daily lives, at home, at work, or when doing sports where we are usually in constant motion.

Bifocal & trifocal glasses

On the other hand, some people may have more than one refractive error, which is why bifocal and trifocal lenses are used 

  • Bifocal lenses help people whose refractive errors affect vision from greater distances and up close, dividing the lens in half to correct both errors. 
  • Trifocal lenses are divided into three parts to fix refractive errors that affect the eye, in close, intermediate, and long ranges. 
Contact Lenses

Contact lenses

Contact lenses are small lenses that are worn “in contact” with the eye and are placed on the tear film on the surface of the cornea, allowing them to move naturally since they are attached to the eye. These are designed to correct refractive errors and preserve eye health. 

Contact lenses can also pose risks to the eye, especially in the case of young children, as some behaviors can affect the cleaning of the lens and thus lead to eye infections and even corneal ulcers, which can result in loss of vision. According to a study published in Pediatrics, a quarter of children’s 70,000 visits to emergency rooms annually are related to contact lenses. Therefore, it is recommended to take hygiene and safety measures when using contact lenses.

9 hygiene and safety measures when using contact lenses

  1. Wash your hands before placing contact lense
  2. Rub, rinse, clean and disinfect lenses as directed by your specialist
  3. Never expose contact lenses to water or saliva
  4. Never wear lenses longer than prescribed. Do not go to bed with your contact lenses on unless you’ve been told to do so by a professional
  5. Never wear someone else’s contact lenses
  6. When practicing sports always try to use protective lenses
  7. Apply makeup after placing your contact lenses and remove them before removing your makeup
  8. Never place a contact lens over a red eye
  9. In case of burning or redness, remove the lenses and contact your doctor.
  10.  
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Sun glasses

Every day we are exposed to the sun and its UV rays. Prolonged exposure to these rays may increase the risk of developing the following conditions: 

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Eye tumors, 

This is why the use of sunglasses with UV filters is highly recommended. This recommendation is also given to children as they are particularly vulnerable to the sun: in the first years of life, 90% of UVA rays and 50% of UVB rays reach the retina, damaging and affecting children’s eyesight. 

Another recommendation is to put sunscreen on your eyelids, although it is probably more comfortable to wear sunglasses, always making sure that they have a sun protection category of 3 at least, so we recommend that you consult this with a seller before buying sunglasses. 

Sunglasses also provide safety when driving, because sometimes sunlight does not allow you to see through the windshield. This is very risky, because, when driving, you and the people around you are in danger. In this situation, sunglasses help you have a clearer view so you can concentrate on the road.

Sunglasses can also help reduce irritation caused by light reflection from snow, sand, and wind, making them a good choice all year round.

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Blue light filter glasses: recommended when using digital devices

In addition, light from digital devices, known as blue light, although not responsible for serious visual health problems, can cause tiredness and eye dryness, so it is also advisable to order eyeglass frames with lenses that contain blue light filters.  Also, it is recommended to use electronic devices with moderate brightness, especially at night to avoid forcing your eyesight, and even some devices already have a built-in adjustment to reduce the blue light they emit.

LASIK Eye surgery

LASIK surgery is an out-patient surgical procedure, lasting 10 to 15 minutes per eye, in which an ultraviolet laser is used to remove a thin layer of corneal tissue to reshape the eye. 

This procedure is commonly used to improve the patient’s vision and avoid the need to wear lenses or contact lenses. This surgery is performed on people who use conventional lenses or contact lenses because of myopia and is sometimes used to correct farsightedness and astigmatism, however, not all people are candidates for this surgery. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has created the following criteria to determine if you are eligible for LASIK surgery: 

  • You must be over 18 or 21 years old, depending on the type of laser, since vision stops changing at these ages.
  • Your eyes should be healthy, and your prescription should be stable. If you are short-sighted, you should postpone LASIK surgery until your condition has stabilized. Myopia may continue to increase in some people until they are 25 to almost 30 years old.
  • Your prescription should be within the range that allows correction with LASIK
  • You must have a good general health. Laser treatment may be counterproductive if the patient has diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, herpes eye infections, or cataracts. Consult a surgeon if you are interested in this surgery and would like to know if you are a candidate for it.

Conclusion

Glasses are tools that can help us improve our quality of life, because they help us prevent diseases that can result in permanent vision loss. There are several factors that can affect eye health, however, there is also a wide variety of glasses available to counteract each of these sources of vision disease. Using each type of glasses in the right situation can help us avoid accidents and tragedies, and at the same time can help us to be happier.

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