Take care of the Eyes? or take good-eyesight for granted!

My story of realizing the need to renew my eyesight

I have been fortunate to be one of these with normal eyesight for the most part of my life. I thought I know the things about eyesight, how to take care of it when working in front of a computer etc.

Only about 35% of adults have a good eyesight. Wait, with some corrective measures, upto 75% are lucky to have no major eyesight or eye related problems.

Now into the 40+ age group, I find my eyesight giving me moments when I find the need of wearing glasses to read something. Or find it difficult to read when I don’t have glasses.

I was told by an ophthalmologist a few years ago when I saw some bump in my eyesight numbers, that it is normal we age. We just go about wearing higher-numbered glasses, or bi-focal or things like that and cope with deteriorating eyesight.

“taking good eyesight for granted, is not good”.

I didn’t like that but it was ‘the fact’. After a few years, I see that prediction (?) turning true. I still don’t like it that my eyesight is deteriorating, though fortunately still I have a good vision but not what it used to be when I was in the 20s.

So with that story, now I said to myself, let me spend a little bit of time to really know “a little bit about the eyesight” and do what they say will improve it. Sharing the same so it might come handy for someone with a similar story …

Some basics of eyesight (vision):

  • The 20/20 vision (normal eyesight)
    • Means your eyesight is good.
    • It is being able to see from 20 feet / the size of the letters that most people see.
  • What % of people have normal eyesight
    • 35% but with some corrective measures 75%
  • At what age eyesight problems occur
    • At about 8 or 9 years of age
  • Do I lose my sight as I age
    • Yes & no.
    • Yes, you begin to loose near sight but No, you do not lose eyesight
The need to protect our eyesight:

There are many odds against losing the privilege of having the acute vision, the normal eyesight, even with corrective measures. We need to protect the privilege of being able to see well.

We can do quite anything such as regularly visiting ophthalmologists, taking care of eyes, following safe practices with respect to the exposure to UV, and so on.

“An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months.” (an excerpt from the Fast Facts – CDC, US Gov. )

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