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What’s a Refractive Error and How is it Treated?

Refractive errors may sound like a serious condition, but they are common in most people. A refractive error in your eyes causes your vision to become blurry, either up close, far away, or both. Here at Planet Vision Eyecare, there are easy treatment options, including glasses or contacts. The severity of a refractive error determines the prescription type you’ll need for your glasses or contacts. Here are just a few types of refractive errors and how to know if you’re suffering from one of them.

Farsightedness or hyperopia. If you find yourself squinting at things that are close to you, or holding a book far away from your face to read, you may be farsighted. This refractive error can be brought on at any age, even in very young people, and may be inherited by a family member. If things that are close look blurry, or you suffer from headaches or squinting when trying to see up close, it’s time for an eye exam.

Nearsightedness or myopia. Objects that are far away should be relatively hard to see, but if they’re unusually blurry or you’re getting headaches, dryness of the eyes, or feeling dizzy, you may be suffering from nearsightedness. Glasses or contacts with your specific prescription are in order to help you deal with the onset of myopia.

Astigmatism. If your eyeball is curved instead of round, you will suffer from an eyesight condition known as astigmatism. This makes your vision feel blurred and distorted, when objects are both in close proximity and far away. You’ll need a personalized prescription for special glasses or contacts that can correct this blurry vision so you can see clearly.

Age-related near vision loss or Presbyopia. There’s no denying the loss of vision with age. Older people are more prone to experiencing blurry vision, both near and far away, or trouble with reading. This usually happens in those who are over forty years old because the eyes lenses then become inflexible. Reading glasses may be needed to contradict this refractive error.

While a refractive error may sound like a big deal, it’s very common in most people, and those who are aging. Here at Planet Vision Eyecare, our experienced eye doctor can diagnose your error, calculate a personalized prescription, and get you seeing clearly again with contacts or glasses. Give our office a call today!