Early Diagnosis to Reduce the Risk of Losing Your Vision

Over 2.2 billion people have an impairment for either a near or distance vision worldwide. What is more disturbing is the fact that at least 1 billion such people could prevent vision impairment if they addressed the issue early. Globally, people usually suffer from uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts. 

Whatever the reason may be, vision loss can have serious consequences that can deprive visually impaired people of leaving independently.

Apart from having issues related to accessibility and mental health, visually impaired people also experience the inability to manage their routines, healthcare appointments, and other activities. 

Simply put, the loss of vision brings far greater repercussions that affect mobility, accessibility, and overall quality of life. However, it is fair to mention that early diagnosis can one of the most effective ways of maintaining good vision and detecting symptoms at an early stage.

Here we are going to discuss the impact of early diagnosis in people’s lives. As a non-profit organization in India, we come across many incidents that compel us to write on this topic. But, before moving forward, let’s go through the key measures we can take to prevent vision loss.

Preventive Measures for Vision Loss

In some cases, vision loss remains uncorrected due to the irreversible damage caused to the eye. Therefore, it is better to take preventive steps to ensure good health of the eyes. These steps include occasional resting of eyes and using protective eyewear. 

Resting Eyes

It is always better to give rest to your eyes by taking short breaks every now and then. Whether it is a digital strain or too much focus on an activity, occasional resting based on the 20/20/20 rule is one of the best ways to keep your eyes strong. As per this rule, we need to look away at something that is 20 feet away from us for 20 seconds after spending 20 minutes on a screen. 

Also Read: How NGOs Can Bridge The Gap Between Eye Health & Communities

Use UV Sunglasses

UV sunglasses can protect the eyes from UVA and UVB radiation that can cause irreversible damage to eyesight. Sunglasses can filter extreme light to protect the eyes from long-term exposure to UV rays, which are responsible for some eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration.        

Use of Eyewear

Safety glasses or goggles can protect the eyes effectively. We need to ensure to protect our eyes from intense sun rays while going out or performing outdoor activities like sports and construction. Protective eyewear can protect your eyes from hazardous chemicals along with UV rays. 

How Early Diagnosis can Help?

Let’s face it. We tend to give excuses like hectic schedules for not taking enough care of health, especially eyes. What’s more, most of us do not feel any symptoms of an eye condition in the early stages. 

Therefore, it is always beneficial to visit an eye specialist and an ophthalmologist regularly for detecting the issues in advance. Several non-profit organizations in India arrange routine eye-care checkup camps to assist people to stay away from damage to the eyes. 

eNetra foundation is a renowned NGO in India for blind people. We strive for improving the lives of blind and visually impaired people by combining technology and human efforts. Join our mission to serve blind people and make them capable to live a wholesome and independent life. 

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