If your eyesight leaves a little to be desired, you will probably have to wear glasses or contact lenses. Many people wear these and have no problems with them.
Certain jobs make this rather impractical, and in addition having good eyesight is a major requirement for some jobs as well.
Take photographers for example. In order to take good photos you need to have excellent vision. Glasses are not always practical as you cannot put the camera right up to your eye, and yet you may not be able to see well enough without them. Depending on the type of photos a photographer takes, they may find distance or close up work harder according to their weakness of sight.
If you wanted to become a pilot your vision would have to be outstanding as well. Needless to say this job is a highly responsible and important one. If you needed to wear glasses and you broke your only pair just as you were about to take off, it wouldn’t be very convenient or safe.
Some jobs require tasks that require a specific type of sight to be good. For example if you make watches or repair jewellery for a living you will need to have excellent vision close up. Imagine trying to fix a watch if all those tiny parts appeared blurry to you!
Other examples of this include any job which involves working with computers. Good close up vision is needed for this otherwise you may suffer headaches. While a lack of good eyesight may not be a danger in a job like this, you can certainly find it harder to get on successfully if your eyesight is not perfect.
Other jobs require you to have excellent distance vision. Driving can be done with glasses or contact lenses to correct any impairment, but you must still be able to meet legal requirements with these aids if needed.
In contrast being able to see specific colours could be relevant to certain jobs. Fashion designers should be able to identify different colours and know when they look good together. Any kind of colour blindness could hamper progression in this particular field.
Some jobs have very exacting specifications you must meet in order to be considered for a position. One instance is the fire service. You might find that if you have had laser eye surgery to correct a problem, this will be good enough.
If there is a particular job you want to do it is always wise to find out whether it requires any standard of eyesight before you apply. If it does and you fall below the required standards, there is always the possibility that surgery could rectify this. You would have to find out what the options are and whether you can meet them. If you can, you could be looking at a whole new career.
Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.