Limb or Vision?
Today’s Vision wants you to know that, in a survey, almost 70% of people around the world said they’d rather lose a limb or give up 10 years of their life rather than lose their eyesight. This question, among others, was asked to over 11,000 people across 11 countries in a survey performed by eye care company Bausch + Lomb. This choice is understandable. If you lost a limb, there are medical treatments – prosthetics — that can help you become mobile again. You would not be able to move quite the same, but you could, at a minimum, get some function back. But there’s no prosthetic eye that gives you your vision back. So if vision is so important to so many of us, why do we ignore our eye health? In the survey only 21% had an eye exam in the last 5 years. Many of us have become much more aware of our health in recent years, but that doesn’t seem to apply to our eyes. In the survey less than one third said they do what they should to preserve their eye sight. That includes getting regular eye exams, eating right to protect your vision, keeping a healthy weight, and wearing sunglasses to block damaging UV rays. Here are two great reasons to get your eyes checked regularly: First, your eye doctor can find vision problems early before they affect your vision and can often stop them in their tracks. In fact, most vision loss is preventable if found early. Second, you’ve probably heard the saying that “your eyes are the window to your soul.” But did you know your eyes are definitely the window to your health – and not just your eye health. Eye doctors can find certain conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, years before you develop symptoms (actually, these conditions often don’t have any symptoms until a lot of damage is already done). That’s another reason why regular, routine eye examinations are very important. By keeping this in mind, and taking excellent care of your eyes and vision, hopefully you will never have to face such a serious question about your eyesight.