The world is an amazing place. Most people could speak at length as to the various sights that have brought joy to their lives.
It’s hardly an uncommonexperience either.
A huge chunk of our day to day interaction involves discussing the various things we’ve seen.
What’s less common is a discussion of how our perception actually operates.We tend to forget that our eyes aren’t just a window from our center of self out into the world.
Instead, the eyes are a complex system of interlocked biological pathways. They’re one of the single most complex parts of the human experience. And it’s worth taking a minute or two to appreciate just how much they enrich our lives.
To begin, on the most visible level an eye consists of a complex system of lenses. These are similar in some ways to the lens in a pair of eyeglasses. This is also how a contact lens operates. The lens refines information coming in from the world and adapts it to match up with the lens of the eye.
But the most remarkable part of the eye is yet to come up.
This is the fact that the eye contains a large number of nerves that tie directly into the brain. There’s a good reason for eyes to sit so close to the brain. They’re essentially plugged right into the brain with an almost direct connection.
This also goes to show just how important the eyes are.
The brain is the most important part of the human body. And the eyes are tied directly into the brain.
However, anyone who has been examined with an ophthalmoscope can attest to the fact that the eye can develop problems over time. The very complexity which makes the eye so powerful can also make damage a lot easier. The proximity of the eye to the brain shows how important our eyes are but it also shows how vulnerable they can be.
The brain is protected by the skull, but eyes can also be quite vulnerable. They’re obviously quite soft and usually unprotected from the elements. Our eyes endure every bit of sunlight we’re out in. They’re subjected to the wind and the grime or sand blown in with it.
We rub our eyes, we strain them, and we are generally forgetful of just how fragile they can be. Even age can begin totake a toll on our eyes.
Thankfully, there are easy ways to ensure our eyes are protected. There’s nothing we can do to totally prevent damage to our eyes but there are things we can do to heal minor damage before it becomes a more severe issue.
And it’s well worth taking the time to do so.
We put work into choosing and maintaining the tools we use for most tasks in life, but our eyes are what are used to actually take those tools out into the world.
The most important method of protecting one’s eyes simply comes down to going in for regular exams. One should ideally go in for an eye exam every two to five years.
And this should become more frequent if one has particular risk factors.
This includes age, professions which predispose one to ocular damage, and several other potential factors. And again, it’s important to keep in mind that just using one’s eyes can strain them over time.
When we grow older it’s important to give our eyes some extra care and attention.
This doesn’t have to be taken to an extreme. It’s usually a good idea to ramp up one’s visits to an eye doctor as one pushes past middle age. It’s also important to remember that you might not even notice changes to your vision.
If the changes happen over a period of years, it may well be too slow to draw attention to itself. Just because you don’t notice the impact doesn’t mean it’s not there.
If you are suffering from vision issues, you might attribute them to other far more dangerous causes.
For example, you might think that your memory is failing because you don’t notice items on your to-do list, when in reality it’s simply that you’re not actually seeing the items at all when you glance at the list from a distance.
This is one example among many.
And it’s important toremember that vision issues impact people in different ways. It’s equally important to remember that eye doctors know exactly what to look for and knowexactly how to help.