“Beauty lies in the Eyes of the beholder”. This statement is such a meaningful one. No, I am not referring to the beauty aspect but the significance of vision in human beings (other living things on planet earth). In a way, it is not wrong to say that our vision is our raison d’etre.
Like any other human organ or part, the pair of eyes are also subject to several genetic, accidental, or even environmental factors that may affect itsfunctionality. The human body is considered to be one of the most elaborate machines. Thus, like any machine, the occurrence of a particular ophthalmic malady can be delayed or discouraged by paying attention to one’s own health indicators with the help of specialists (Ophthalmologists in this case).
What should you ask your Eye Care Specialist during your visit?
Now let’s be honest, not all of us have our cognitive inclination towards medical science or human anatomy or physiology. To put it in simple words, we might not be aware of the various internal factors affecting the functioning of our vision, eyelids or even the tear glands (albeit other organs or parts of the body). But it is imperative that we learn about how to perform self-care when it comes to our own body.
Here, it can be emphasized that a high rate of vision-related disorders can be found in people in older age groups (e.g. Glaucoma, loss of vision due to diabetes, or even cataracts). However, there are patients in the younger age groups left in a quandary when faced with such sicknesses.
In the event of you encountering vision-related issues and have undergone a few tests as per your physician’s advice, the next step is to visit the eye-specialist to ascertain the reason behind the sickness as well as the recovery process. So, what to ask your eye care specialist as you visit them with your test report? We asked around, and the helpful specialists at See and Be Seen were the first to respond and provided us with this small list:
- What does the test report say? You may have been advised to run an eye test based on the symptoms explained to your physician. The general physician or even the laboratory technician are not the right people to help you decipher the complete understanding of the outcome of the test results. Hence, you must get the clarification from your vision care specialist before creating your own theory.
- Are you at a risk of glaucoma, diabetes, dry eye, brain dysfunction (or tumor), or even blindness (worst case scenario)? It has been a well-researchedtheory that a disease (prevailing in a certain place) has a correlation with the demographic sickness trends in that geography. According to various surveys, a major chunk of the Canadian population has been reported with low vision complications. In such a scenario, it is wise to thoroughly probe the eye-specialist to gather complete information about the health of your eyes (or vision).
Note: According to statistics, the average Canadian population falls in the age group of 41 years (women) and 39 years (men). Thus, an infant or adolescent falling prey to disorders like glaucoma or cataract (or other age-related vision disorders) is minimal, but mustn’t be ignored when deciphering the test results with the eye-specialists.
- Are there any other eye tests you must undergo based on the previous test results? Since the first tests are usually done on the recommendations of a family physician or general physician (in the majority of the cases), an ophthalmologist after viewing your profile might suggest a few more tests (in case the symptoms exhibited and the tests are done are not sufficient to decipher an opinion).
- How to maintain a perfect vision or eye-health? Most of the times, the patients exhibit temporary or bacterial or viral infection (which may be seasonal) and not frightening in nature. Such infections can be reversed as they are temporary and can be addressed by proper application of the medicines prescribed.
Since it is one of the chronic illness prevalent in this part of the world (e.g., the Dry Eye Syndrome or MSD), one must list down all the precautionary measures (whether dietary supplements or maintaining the health of the eyes externally) from their eye-care specialists to be safeguarded from such predators (of vision) for an extended period.
- How frequently must you visit an Eye clinic or run tests as a precautionary measure? Like a machine needs regular oiling and servicing for it to survive a longer duration, similarly, we need regular health check-ups to identify any unaddressed (and underlying) health issues well in advance. An eye specialist can certainly guide you with a schedule to do regular tests and visits to ensure the overall health of one of your most important commodities – vision.