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What is Refractive Error?

Refractive Error Vision

Refractive error is a common eye disorder in which the eyes can’t clearly focus on the images of objects looked at. There are numerous types of refractive error such as short-sighted, long-sighted or presbyopia which is when you need glasses to read as we grow older. These are common refractive errors.

How do you know if you have this eye disorder? If you experienced blurred vision when looking at something in the distance or closed up some or all the time. You may experience eye strain, fatigue, headaches or reduced concentration. The changes in vision are gradual and are often unnoticed until an eye test is carried out.

Normal Vision
Normal Vision
Refractive Error Vision
Refractive Error Vision

Who are at risk? Almost everyone in this world is at risk of it as it can affect all ages. If you have a family history of it, you are at a higher risk. All types of refractive error can change over time. For example, presbyopia is more common with those who are older.

What can you do to know if you have this eye disorder? Have regular eyes test with qualified eye heath professionals such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If you have refractive error, the eye care professional will prescribe glasses or contact lenses upon your request to correct and improve your sight. Another form to correct this eye disorder is having laser eye surgery. This surgery can correct some forms of refractive error such as short-sightedness. This however is not a crowd favorite as it may be expensive, and it can be daunting to some.

Your vision can change throughout your life and if you already wear glasses, have regular eye test and to be updated if your prescription needs a change when advised by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Book an appointment today or call us for more inquiries. I am sure we will find a great pair of glasses for you. Or contact lenses if you want to swing that way.

Refractive error can be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses. If not corrected, it can cause vision impairment and interfere with daily activities such as driving and reading.


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