A vast amount of the activities we do in our daily lives is dependent on our ability to see clearly. Approximately 4.2 billion people around the globe suffer from some type of visual affliction, 80% of which could be avoided and/or cured with proper vision correction. Being visually impaired affects your work productivity and makes simple tasks take more time to complete. In the United States alone 283,000 years of time were collectively lost in 2013 due to visual impairment. It is hard to fathom what might have been accomplished during that lost time.
Vision impairment is wide spread globally and the odds that you might develop some type of vision loss is quite high, so here are 5 of the top signs you need vision correction:
1. Eye Strain and Fatigue – You might find that your eyes quickly feel very tired and you need to rest them often when focusing on something. Sensitivity to bright colors and light is also common.
2. Prominent Visual Defects – This could potentially be the most telling sign that you need to pursue vision correction. Make sure to contact an eye doctor if you see “halos” around lights, suffer from light sensitivity, or begin to notice you are seeing shadows appear on books or screens. It is also important to mention if you are having trouble seeing at night while driving as this could lead to a potentially more serious eye problem.
3. Blurring Vision – This will probably be the first thing you pick up on if you are developing issues with your vision. Generally, things will either be blurry in the distance (nearsightedness) or up close (farsightedness). It is important for you to figure out when you are having the most trouble seeing and reporting this immediately to your eye doctor.
4. Recurring Headaches – In most cases vision degrades over long periods of time and these subtle shifts in your vision can be difficult to notice, making you strain your eyes trying to focus your vision without even realizing it. This constant struggle with your eyes to focus can cause headaches. It is common for those who suffer from visual impairment to suffer from recurring headaches.
5. Reduced Productivity at School or Work – Poor performance at work or school might be an indicator that you need some form of vision correction. Monitor feedback on your performance, particularly when it involves spreadsheets or reports that you put together. If you are making typos regularly there is a good chance you could be farsighted.
If your vision suffers from any of these 5 visual afflictions, it is recommended that you schedule an eye exam with your eye doctor to determine what the best method of vision correction would be.