Eyesight is arguable the most cherished of our senses. It dictates so much of our life and how we experience the world. But the interesting thing about vision is we often think its perfect- until we experience perfect vision. And it can be shocking to realize you were living life in a literal blur.
I was 18 when my perfect vision bubble was burst. I went for a routine eye exam because my family has a history of visual problems. I went begrudgingly, and was confident I had perfect vision. Within 1minute of the exam, it was discovered my vision was far less than perfect, and I also had astigmatism. I was shocked, ¨How is this possibly? I see totally fine. ¨
So I got a prescription for glasses and went on with my normal life. But suddenly it was anything but normal. Everything was so full of life and filled with vibrance. I could see every single leaf on a tree swaying in the distance, I could drive with ease and not struggle to read the road signs, every detail on the TV popped out at me. If I didn’t go for a routine eye exam my vision would have continued to suffer, and my perception of everyday life would have suffered too.
The team at Direkt Optik Moraira are passionate about healthy vision. They believe seeing the world as clearly as possible is fundamental and improves your quality of life. Their experienced staff are happy to help their clients with advice about all of their visual needs, and conduct fully comprehensive eye tests in both English and Spanish. So, how often should you visit them and make sure your eyesight is healthy and functioning to the fullest potential?
If you are an overall healthy individual with no prior vision problems, it is recommended to get an eye exam every two years. The eye exam is painless and easy so there is no need to fear going- unlike the dentist… The optician will ask you to read letters and numbers of different sizes and also look for any refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Other vision problems such as conjunctivitis, cataracts and macular degeneration can also be discovered during this routine eye exam, and early detection is a key factor to assist in a treatment plan for these conditions.
So every two years is the general recommendation for how often to get your eyes checked but there are others factors such as age, medical history, if anyone in your family has vision problems and other risks. Medical risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease can make you more vulnerable to vision impairment so it´s encouraged that those suffering from these ailments pay more attention to their vision and visit their ophthalmologist more frequently.
The biggest barrier for people going to get routine eye exams is the idea they think their vision is fine. It is very common to not realize your vision is being compromised until it has deteriorated significantly. Unless the sight impairment happens suddenly, the brain can adapt in order to make you think you are seeing perfectly when in fact your vision has been slowly degrading with time. This is why it is so important to take the responsibility and have an eye exam every other year.
Our vision is a vital sense that is often taken for granted. Healthy eyesight is an essential part of our health and well-being that needs care and attention in order to function efficiently over time. Visit the knowledgeable team at Direkt Optik Moraira to schedule your next eye exam and feel confident you are seeing all the beautiful things life has to show you.
Address: Carretera Moraira- Calpe 122
Moraira – 03724 (Alicante)
Telephone: +34 965 745 989