What is my optometrist saying?

It is the day of your appointment to have your eyes checked and your doctor is throwing words at you like myopia and astigmatism, terms you might not understand. Do not panic! You will most likely not go blind. Here are a few terms to get you familiarized with some refractive errors:

Myopia (nearsightedness): You can see objects up close, but distant objects are a blur.

Hyperopia (farsightedness):  You can see distant objects, but objects up close might be blurry.

Astigmatism: The surface of your eye is not perfectly round, instead it has more of an oblong shape. The oblong shape of the eye does not allow the eye to focus clearly. Astigmatism can be accompanied by myopia or hyperopia.

Presbyopia: Usually occurs over the age of 40, you lose the ability to focus on objects up close. If you are between 40 and 50 , you may have discovered you can’t read the fine print!

All of these refractive errors can be corrected by using eyeglasses or contact lenses! 


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