“Are you blind?” – this is unfortunately a reaction of mine years ago when I asked my daughter to clean her room, after she said the room didn’t need TLC. Could she not see how desperately the carpet needed a vacuum? Yet in our case, it wasn’t all about ‘raising kids angst’, my daughter actually did need corrective eyewear.
After an eye exam from an optometrist followed by a sassy purple pair of corrective lenses, I’ll never forget my daughters wonder on the drive home as she studied the world around her, as if seeing life for the first time. “Those trees have leaves, look, I can see each and every one!” she claimed in pure excitement. My daughter pointed out every small detail that she viewed, from text on pedestrians shirts to signage she hadn’t noticed before.
That moment in time was a literal eye opener for us both, and proved just how crucial it is for everyone to have their eyes checked – not only for health, but right down to how life is truly seen and lived.
Do you know the difference between an optometrist and an Ophthalmologist? I recently became more knowledgeable of the differences between the two occupations, and it’s important for people to know about how an ophthalmologist can help with vision issues.
Truth is, the role of ophthalmologists is not well understood among the Canadian public, except with those who have experienced eye afflictions. Yet their role is one that needs the focus, because of the crucial part they play.
While other eye health professionals can correct vision, only ophthalmologists can restore it. As specialists in eye and vision care, Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat all eye diseases, perform surgeries and prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems.
Ophthalmologists can also diagnose and treat glaucoma, perform cataract surgery and mitigate damage from macular degeneration. Since ophthalmologists are the primary point of care for eye emergencies, one is always on-call 24 hours a day, every day at any Canadian hospital.
Actually, my Mother had glaucoma – it’s the second most common cause of vision loss in Canadian seniors. Knowing this, it’s good to know an ophthalmologist would be able to treat this condition or any other serious issue that could arise with my or my daughter’s vision.
To illustrate the transformative effect ophthalmologists have on the lives of their patients, along with new and interesting innovations in the field – there’s many inspiring videos and stories found at www.seethepossibilities.ca.
One story shared is that of a little boy named Michael. Ophthalmologist Dr. Roberts literally saved Michael’s life when an exam led to the discovery of a brain tumour, which the doctor also immediately operated on and removed. If it wasn’t for an Ophthalmologist’s role in diagnosis and treatment, the tumour would have continued to limit brain drainage and would have lead to hydrocephalus. I completely shudder at that thought, but feel so thankful in the expertise of an Ophthalmologist as this boy is alive, healthy and seeing the world.
If there is any doubt at all about whether you or a member of your family should visit an Ophthalmologist, watch some of the videos at www.seethepossibilities.ca. Not only will you better understand the Ophthalmologist’s role in general, but it’ll prove how crucial it is to us all.
Do you have your own story about an experienced having your eyesight restored or improved? Share yours at See the Possibilities.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, yet as always all opinions are my own.