Refractive Error

This is a problem with focusing light accurately on the retina due to the shape or length of the eye, leading to blurred vision. The most common types of refractive error are short sightedness (Myopia), far sightedness (Hyperopia), General Blurred Vision (Astigmatism) or Mature Vision (Presbyopia). Easily corrected with spectacles or contact lenses, clear vision is achieved. Regular eye tests maintain clear and comfortable vision, making sure your vision is at its optimum for clarity and comfort.

Myopia (Shorted Sighted)

Objects can be seen up close but distant objects appear blurred.  Myopia control describes treatments used to slow myopia progression in childhood.

Hyperopia (Far Sighted)

Your distance vision is good but you have trouble seeing close objects clearly. This is often accompanied by headaches, eye strain or tired and achy eyes.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Sometimes referred to as a lazy eye, amblyopia occurs in infancy or early childhood. Usually affecting one eye with symptoms include a wandering eye, eyes that may not appear to work together. Treatment includes eye patches, drops, glasses or contact lenses and visual therapy.

Presbyopia (Mature Vision)

Difficulty with reading or seeing small objects up close is a natural part of ageing, becoming more noticeable in the early to mid-40s and worsening until the age of 65. Symptoms include a need to hold reading material at arm’s length to make letters clearer, blurred vision at normal reading distance and eye strain after reading. 

Astigmatism (General Blurred Vision)

Astigmatism is a common vision condition that causes blurred vision. It occurs when the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye) is irregularly shaped and causes blurred vision at distance and near.

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