Apply These Lessons to Your Own Life
In general, great advice works everywhere when it’s put to good use. Although I coach patients about their visual lifestyle daily, I discovered I wasn’t applying some important concepts to my own life. And I’m kicking myself for it.
A Surprising Discovery
I picked up the new iPhone 6s the day it was released. No, I didn’t camp out to be first in line. I didn’t even plan on it. I just happened to have a few extra minutes as I passed my local store. It wasn’t crowded, so I decided to upgrade.
Here’s the sad part: my other phone was over three years old. Embarrassingly, it was an iPhone 5 still running iOS 6. I know, first world problems, right?
How is it that an eye doctor who highlights new technology nearly every week allows his cell phone to get so old? How could I overlook the advancements available to me in a device I use every day? It’s a common answer. I knew the benefits, I just didn’t believe they were worth the trouble.
Apple claims the new iPhone 6s offers:
- Clearer photos and videos
- Technological advances like 3D touch and live photos
- Physical improvements like stronger aluminum and glass
- A newer, sleeker design
As soon as I turned it on, I knew they were right. Almost instantly, I was regretting my long wait to upgrade.
Is It Time for You to Upgrade Your Vision?
I often explain to patients that glasses are like smart phones – every year there are advancements that benefit the eye health and vision. I am convinced that I can help almost everyone see better even if their prescription doesn’t change. This can be done with not only technologically advanced lenses, but also separate pairs of specialty eyewear.
But like me with the iPhone 6s, you may not realize what you’re missing until you actually try it. Are you making the same mistake with your eyes?
Here are some benefits you may be missing:
- Clear vision: The latest lens technology offers unrivaled clarity, even if your prescription hasn’t changed.
- Technological advances: High definition lenses are clearer and easier to use. New lens designs block both UV and high energy blue light for preserving eye health. Specialty eyewear falls into this category too, allowing custom visual solutions to help you see more clearly and comfortably no matter how you work or play.
- Design improvements: Style plays a big part in your eyewear choices, and recent advances mean there’s a wide range of frame designs and lens options for your visual lifestyle. Like the new iPhone 6s, if you want it stronger, lighter, and more beautiful, it’s yours for the asking.
I regret not following my own advice. But I did learn a good lesson. I understand why some people decide not to upgrade their visual lifestyle. Like me with smart phone technology, they assume their eyes and vision are good enough.
Unfortunately, the “good enough” approach nearly guarantees you’ll be missing out on benefits that could improve your life every day.
And if we are on this journey to a lifetime of clear, comfortable vision and healthy eyes, that’s not something I want you to miss.