You rely on your sense of sight for almost every daily activity and task. The eyes and the brain have a complex partnership which allows you to instantly understand what you see. If you suffer from a degenerative eye disease or you are not caring for your vision properly, you will notice that you cannot complete your to-do lists with ease and simplicity anymore.
Here are four daily activities that can be affected by deteriorating vision:
1. Driving — Being able to drive means being independent, and most of us take this freedom for granted. If you have a vision problem, you may lose some of your independence and driving may be restricted to daylight hours. Progressive vision loss may mean that you need to rely upon someone else to drive you to the places you need to go.
2. Reading — We rely on our vision to read everything from street signs to food labels to New York Times best sellers. It is almost impossible to go through a single day without reading something. Poor vision can make it difficult to read recipes, shop for groceries or work on the computer.
3. Hobbies — You probably have some type of leisure activity that requires good vision. Popular hobbies like sewing, woodworking, photography and travel can become challenging—and even dangerous—if you cannot see clearly.
4. Cleaning — Maintaining a home takes a lot of time and work, even with good vision. When your vision is compromised, it can take much longer to vacuum, dust and sweep your home and care for your lawn.
If you have an eye disease such as macular degeneration, cataracts or diabetic eye disease, it can be difficult to get through your daily to-do list. The two most important actions that you can take are to schedule yearly comprehensive eye exams and to ask for help from friends and family.
Regular eye exams will help prevent vision loss, and asking for assistance from loved ones will help you check off the items on your list with efficiency and safety.