The important relationship between ocular health and mental health

Living in 2020, our society puts a lot of pressure on self care.

What exactly is self care? Many imagine it as taking downtime for yourself, pouring a bubble bath, or getting outdoors to enjoy fresh air. These are all important aspects, but let’s not forget about our physical health as well. Mental health is very important, and we need to work to ensure we are functioning at our best mental capacity. But when physical health isn’t being taken care of, mental health can be difficult to achieve.

Our optometrists will look at all different health aspects of the eye at your yearly eye exam. Having an updated prescription (even if you think you don’t need one) can reduce headaches, prevent squinting, and lead to a healthier way of seeing what’s ahead. Poor vision can lead to anxiety and depression that could be preventable. Some people are uncomfortable driving at night. Could this be because they aren’t seeing well, or headlights are shining and streaking across their vision more than they should?

Our optometric assistants will also test to make sure you’re seeing colour properly, and that your eyes move around as they should. They will check depth perception, eye pressure, and a multitude of other things.

At Dr. Bishop & Associates, we have the most up-to-date technology in equipment to offer these comprehensive eye exams, and highly-qualified optometrists for you to speak with, 7 days a week. We are fortunate here at Dr. Bishop & Associates to have an optomap digital scanner. Optomaps take a 200° digital scan of the inside of your eye, so the doctor can detect early onset of ocular diseases like diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pathologies, and even some cancers.

Living well and healthy means taking care of your vision, physical health, and maintaining good mental health.

A Reuters Health study found that 40% of older men and women with vision loss reported symptoms of depression and anxiety. In addition, people with impaired vision are 33% more likely to report new symptoms of depression.

Coming in for yearly eye exams can detect the early stages of many ocular conditions, giving you a better chance at managing symptoms. If you’re feeling anxious or depressed, make sure you speak with a healthcare professional. There are many ways of preventing mental health issues, and self care through healthcare is one of them.

You can book an appointment for yourself, or book one for your whole family to save trips back and forth by coming in together.

Call us to book your yearly eye exam at 403-974-3937 (EYES), or make an appointment by clicking here.

Immediate mental health assistance is available by calling the Canadian Mental Health Association Crisis Line at 403-266-HELP (4357).

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