What happens if I don’t wear my prescription lenses?
Not wearing glasses can have a number of long-term consequences, depending on the reason for needing glasses and the severity of the vision impairment.
If you have a refractive error, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, and you do not wear glasses or contact lenses to correct this, you may experience a number of issues with your vision. These can include:
Blurred vision at certain distances.
Difficulty seeing in low-light conditions.
Squinting or eye strain when trying to see clearly.
Difficulty reading or doing other close-up tasks.
Let's break down why these are more than just "inconveniences."
Blurred vision and difficulty seeing in low-light conditions can have a significant impact on a person's daily life. Blurred vision makes it difficult to read, drive, and perform other daily tasks. This can lead to frustration, anxiety, and a decreased quality of life.
Not to mention, it poses a safety risk, as it can make it difficult to see obstacles or other hazards in the environment.
Difficulty seeing in low-light conditions, known as night blindness, can make it difficult to drive, walk, or engage in other activities after dark. This can lead to limited mobility and reduced independence, as well as an increased risk of accidents and injuries.
Blurred vision and difficulty seeing in low-light conditions can also be symptoms of more serious underlying health issues, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration. These conditions can lead to a gradual loss of vision if left untreated, which can result in blindness.
It's essential to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist if you experience blurred vision or difficulty seeing in low-light conditions. An eye exam can help determine the cause of the problem and provide appropriate treatment to improve vision and prevent further vision loss.
If you have a more serious vision impairment, such as a cataract or glaucoma, and you do not receive treatment, you may experience significant vision loss over time. This can significantly impact your quality of life, as it may become difficult or impossible to do everyday activities such as driving, reading, or watching TV. In severe cases, untreated vision impairments can even lead to blindness.
It is essential to see an eye doctor regularly to have your vision checked and to receive treatment if necessary. Wearing glasses or contact lenses as prescribed can help to preserve your vision and prevent long-term consequences.
Seeing an optometrist regularly is important for maintaining good eye health and catching any potential issues early on.
At Invision Eyecare, our team is trained to detect and diagnose a wide range of eye problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism thanks to our state-of-the-art technology.
In addition to detecting and correcting vision problems, regular visits to the optometrist can also help detect more serious health issues. Believe it or not, an optometrist can spot signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer during a routine eye exam.
These conditions may not have any noticeable symptoms, so regular eye exams can serve as an important tool for early detection and treatment.
It is generally recommended to have an eye exam every 2 years for healthy adults and more frequently if you have a family history of eye disease, diabetes or other risk factors.
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