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We rely on the clarity of our vision to help see all that goes on around us day in and day out.  Taking care of our “gift of sight” is extremely important as drivers, by making sure to get in for your annual checkup.  Being our primary receptors to take in all that we must react to out there, making sure our sight is in top shape should be a primary concern for all of us that drive for a living!   

Although a little behind this year for my annual eye exam (by 3 months), I knew I had to get in and get my eyes checked in case my prescription had changed.  It is this time every year when I not only consider updating my corrective lenses if they’ve changed, but also when I have other health concerns checked that can also be detected through a thorough eye exam. 

Although my vision still has not changed much between exams, I was shown the harmful effects of my line of work yet again on my newest pair of glasses.  A missing nose pad and a loose arm screw was the damage inflicted this past year on my glasses, which were easily fixed at the optometrist for a comfortable fit once again!

Not only did this exam visit offer a way to obtain comfortable vision once again, but it was also a good way to look into my overall health as well.  Through a photomap of my eye the doctor was able to see that there was no macular degeneration and that there were no early signs of diabetes in my eyes, which is always a concern of mine, having been prominent in previous generations of my family.  The health of someone’s eyes can help to uncover risk in other parts of the body early as well, which is yet another reason to make sure to get in for your annual exam. 

As a commercial driver, it is often hard to find time to take care of things like eye appointments, doctor appointments, and dental appointments.  Be sure to remind yourself just how important it is to take care of your vision and make it a priority!  Vision is a gift that most people take for granted, but don’t be that person that doesn’t realize its value until it is lost for good!

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