We had an interesting interaction with a patient the other day.
A young boy and his mother came into our office to have his glasses adjusted. The mother was embarrassed.
His glasses seemed a little bent out of shape – that’s typical with boys his age – thankfully, Invision Eyecare offers free frame adjustments.
While our team fixed his glasses, we asked him what had happened to his frames.
"Well, some boys at school started calling me 'four eyes' when we were at recess," he explained. "And I pointed to my glasses and said, 'you're right, they're for your eyes.'"
The mom turned bright red.
"Then they got confused and threw the ball at me," continued the boy. "That's how they got bent up."
It was quite a sad, but inspiring story. After all, he was right… glasses are "for eyes," and for so much more.
Why do we need glasses?
Being able to see is a gift and a privilege we at Invision Eyecare take seriously.
One of our greatest passions is to be able to help everyone we meet to see a little bit better. A lot of people who need corrective lenses are diagnosed with a term called "myopia" or nearsightedness.
This simply means people have a hard time seeing things further than a certain distance. Thankfully, the right pair of corrective lenses can help correct your vision in no time.
Could blurred vision be a sign of myopia?
Because people with myopia struggle to see things from far away, blurry vision can happen. How far you can see until most things are blurry depends on how severe your condition is, or how strong your prescription is.
This is all due to how your eyes focus the light that goes into them. If your eye shape is too long, the light will not reach the layers of cells that focus it, and it will distort what you are trying to see.
What are some other symptoms of myopia?
Aside from blurry vision with distant objects, you may be myopic if you find yourself:
- Squinting to see clearly.
- Experiencing headaches.
- Feeling tired, or that your eyes are overworked.
Sitting too close when watching TV.
It is important to note these symptoms are not exclusive to myopia. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's best to schedule an appointment to be seen by your doctor, especially with children.
Children can have a hard time explaining their symptoms, so you should be vigilant to ask if they are having a hard time seeing the world around them.
Glasses are "for eyes"
Despite what anyone else thinks, it's important to take care of your vision.
For children ages 3-6, it's important to take them to the optometrist at least once during this time period. This is the initial eye exam that helps parents know the beginning condition of their children's eyes.
Schedule a visit at Invision Eyecare for a quality exam with state-of-the-art equipment, and a doctor well-versed in myopia. We believe that "clear vision begins with healthy eyes," and we want to make sure your eyes are well-equipped for whatever you do.
And, if you are worried about what people will think when they see your 'for eyes' glasses, we would be happy to help you find the right pair of contact lenses.