Visual impairment and vision issues are major health concerns around the world, and this is very much the case in the developed world. The fact that 80% of vision issues arise from preventable causes means that there is a lot that can be done to improve people’s vision and general eye health.
Figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) listed the most common causes of visual impairment around the world:
- Refractive errors (43%).
- Cataracts (33%).
- Glaucoma (2%).
- Age-related macular degeneration (1%).
- Corneal opacification (1%).
- Diabetic retinopathy (1%).
- Trachoma (1%).
Some of the symptoms of refractive errors include blurred vision, a crossing of eyes in children, and people having difficulty reading or seeing up close. With common visual complaints including short-sightedness and long-sightedness and issues such as color-blindness, there are many ways that people can suffer with respect to their vision.
An issue with vision problems is that many people don’t realize that they have a problem. Thankfully, there is a greater awareness of vision problems, and the emergence of 3D TVs, glasses, and cinemas may help people to understand vision issues. This is because people who suffer from dizziness, nausea, or fatigue when using 3D glasses may actually be suffering from a more notable visual problem. Sitting in front of a monitor all day at work can cause problems for people’s vision, but with respect to 3D glasses, new technology may actually assist people’s health.
Realizing that there may be an issue with vision is an important step for most people, and anything that makes people aware of problems should be of benefit. There are many things that can be done to improve people’s vision. In the developed world, there is a range of steps that can be taken to provide support and minimize the impact that visual impairment can have on people’s lives.
Solutions available to improve people’s vision
Depending on the condition, there are effective and affordable solutions that can have a hugely positive impact on an individual’s life.
- Improved research and reviewing of patients
It is encouraged that people undertake eye tests and screenings on a regular basis. Eye tests are not only of benefit in determining eye defects or issues with people’s sight, but they can also provide insight into other health issues and complaints. With improved capabilities in reviewing people’s eyesight and understanding the issues behind impaired eyesight, there is a genuine chance to resolve these issues in an effective manner. Like most health complaints and concerns, being proactive in caring for eyesight is sensible.
- Corrective laser eye surgery
An increasingly popular solution to vision impairment is corrective laser eye surgery. This style of surgery is commonly used for issues such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Arranging for a vision consultation can be the starting point in significantly improving a person’s vision.
- Glasses and contact lenses
Glasses and contact lenses have long been a highly effective way of improving people’s eyesight and resolving vision images. The modern selection of glasses provides fashionable and functional solutions to eyesight problems and vision issues.
While there are many issues that impact on people’s vision in the developing world, there are steps that can resolve the leading causes of impaired vision.