It is said that our eyes are the windows through which we view the world. The eye is a complex organ that detects light and sends electrical impulses along the optic nerve to the visual areas and others in the brain. It has been found that up to 85% of all sensory input to the brain is generated from our sense of sight. Vision is often taken for granted, when the value of good vision is not appreciated until an occurrence threatens it. Nevertheless, their location, on the outside of the face, makes them susceptible to trauma, environmental chemicals, particles and contaminants. Recent surveys suggest that of the five senses, vision is the one that people are most afraid of losing.
Given the important function our eyes perform for us, it seems obvious to give them the best possible care.
With age comes the increasing chance of developing eye problems, usually gradually without any clear indication that the problem at all exists or progresses. Permanent vision eye care allows for the early detection of irregularities in eye appearance and performance, with early detection being the essential key to solving any developing problem. According to a prominent New Zealand optometrist who specializes in eye treatment, about 1,500 New Zealanders lose their vision each year. However, it is not only aging that should give priority to eye care, as many studies have been conducted in the field of pediatric eye care and its treatment of learning difficulties.
It is advisable to check their vision regularly in response to concerns regarding the development of eye functions and its direct impact on learning abilities and progress. Learning-related vision problems are classified into three types. The first two affect visual input and are called refractive problems and functional vision problems respectively, while the third category is called perceptual vision problems, which affect visual processing and integration. When choosing a vision specialist, it must be noted that a standard eye examination only assesses the first category of vision problems, and a specialist experienced in children’s vision problems should be consulted.
The importance of vision therapy in New Zealand has gained widespread recognition and many collaborative campaigns between the public and private sectors have sought to create awareness and provide free subsidized vision tests for children aged eight to thirteen. A great example of this is the recent ‘Keep Our Vision’ campaign conducted in collaboration with vision care specialists and the New Zealand Optometrists Association.