I hear all too often from patients new to my office that they’ve never enjoyed wearing glasses before. They “just don’t like wearing glasses,” or they “can never find a pair they like,” or “I see better out of my contact lenses.” And yes, I’d have to agree that without a properly fit frame and a well-made pair of prescription lenses that this would be the case for most people out there!
The average adult spends 9 hours a day on digital devices and our children are not far behind. Children between the ages of eight and 18 spend just under 8 hours a day with digital media. When the use of more than one digital device at a time is considered, they spend more than 10 ½ hours a day with digital technologies!!! Time on digital devices exposes our eyes to higher levels of “blue light,” leading to digital eye strain, sleep problems, blurred vision, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain.
Glaucoma: many of us have heard the term but few are fully aware of the potential devastation this disease can cause if not detected and treated soon enough. “But I had the puff of air test at my last vision check and my pressure is fine.” True, elevated eye pressure is one of the leading risk factors for glaucoma, but did you know that 30% of patients with glaucoma have normal pressure readings? So, if relying solely on a pressure check and ‘vision’ exam, many cases of glaucoma are completely missed.
Most people unfortunately do not realize that not all eye exams are created equal. “Well wait a minute, how can that be? I was told I had 20/20 vision in my new prescription, that’s all that matters, right???” Or how about, “Well, I paid extra for that photo that replaced dilation, so it must have been a good eye exam!”