The current economic crisis is already long enough so that we can begin to take stock of its influence on many aspects of daily life. Not only do we control spending on leisure and non-essential goods, but we also restrict visits to the dentist and the ophthalmologist, and this has a negative impact on our well-being and health.

According to data provided by the General Council of Opticians and Optometrists Associations, opticians have seen their turnover reduced by 25 percent in the last three years. However, they have sold more preassembled glasses to correct presbyopia that, as the experts point out, although they are very economical, they can cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue when reading, if they are used continuously. This is because standard measures are used to manufacture them, measures that only coincide with a small percentage of people with this visual disorder.

Experts warn that not updating the prescription glasses or contact lenses with the necessary frequency can have serious consequences, from problems to drive or to develop correctly the work activity, to school failure in the case of children, when the lack of vision quality decreases their academic performance. In fact, a quarter of children of school age have some visual defect that can affect their ability to learn.

And is that the type of graduation generally varies over time; thus, people with presbyopia, for example, may need a review approximately every two years, while children, who are in full development, should go to the optician-optometrist at least once a year. In addition, the increasingly frequent use of computers, mobile phones, e-books and tablets, both in the workplace, at school or at home, makes any visual defect, however slight, can cause discomfort, that can be easily avoided with proper visual correction.

Source: General Council of Colleges of Opticians-Optometrists

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