As the pace of the world around us grows faster each year, is it any surprise that we take more photos than ever before? Taking pictures is a way to freeze a moment in time and keep it with us forever — that toothless grin of a precious child, a last-minute play that clinches the game, or a quick selfie with a friend.
In the digital age, the smartphone has replaced the point-and-shoot camera because of its portability and multiple functions. In a matter of seconds, we can upload a photo to social media — or snap a quick picture of a recipe or list. Photos are not just memories anymore; they can also be reference tools and time-savers.
If you have declining vision, you may notice that taking photos isn’t as easy as it was before. Even though manual cameras (which required our eyes to focus clearly) are a thing of the past, we still rely on our vision to take advantage of our smartphones’ camera functions and delete the fuzzy or blurred photos from our digital galleries. Chronic conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma can gradually cloud vision and make it increasingly difficult to take clear photos and capture special moments and memories. But this doesn’t have to mean the end of your amateur photography career.
Yearly comprehensive eye exams are the best way to preserve your eyesight and prevent vision loss. There is currently no cure for glaucoma or macular degeneration, but annual checkups will help ensure that you have the medications and corrective lenses that will help you take crisp, clear photos. An exam takes only an hour of your time, but you will reap the benefits all year long (Source: Mylio).
It is estimated that the average person takes 10 photos per day — that’s 3,650 photos per year! Whether it’s a memorializing a special moment or just snapping a screen shot of an important website, having clear vision will help you accomplish your goals. Make an appointment with your eye doctor or use our locator tool to find a qualified eye care professional near you.