As people age, many experience vision problems. The doctors would tell you that it’s a normal occurrence and one that will most likely happen to people with parents who have the same issue. Either the child can get it at a young age or as he or she grows old.
Normally, though, vision issues start to occur when an individual is at his late 30’s or early 40’s. Various symptoms can be experienced such as dizziness as if you’re on a ship and some imbalance problems.
Vision issues can include either be astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness. Nearsighted means a person sees clearly only when things are closer to him while farsighted means the person can see clearly from a distance but has difficulty viewing those near to him. Astigmatism, meanwhile, refers to a refractive error that leads to blurry vision.
The right person to consult regarding this matter is an ophthalmologist or a physician specializing in eye and vision care. This type of doctor is trained in providing all kinds of eye care including prescribing glasses and contact lenses as well as performing surgical procedures.
Once an ophthalmologist confirms a vision issue after a consultation, you will immediately be advised to wear corrective eyewear. The glasses will be the standard prescription to patients with vision concern particularly among children. Such is the case as contact lenses require more effort when putting it on every day and they are also very delicate, plus not to mention expensive.
In today’s high-tech world, eyewear for correction purposes have become more improved. The two major options are the traditional eyeglasses (whether with or without frame) or the more modern contact lenses.
Although the eyeglasses are still being prescribed, contact lenses are now commonly used even among children as young as eight years old. They provide benefits such as a wider field of vision and not limited to frames and they also enjoy good eyesight without constraints.
In addition to their practical benefits, contact lenses are also prescribed for younger patients for medical reasons. Congenital cataracts and traumatic injuries are some of the factors. For instance, a child between the age of 3 and 6 who is farsighted can improve his vision without the need to squint. Also, a child whose eyes have different vision issues can experience more comfort wearing the contacts. In cases where visual defect is a major issue, continuous wearing of contact lenses is encouraged.
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About the guest author:
Alana is a freelance blogger who has been wearing contact lenses for 10 years now. She enjoys the comfort and normal eyesight with her contacts.
Originally posted on January 2, 2013 @ 4:46 pm