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The low down on vision- Myopia, Hyperopia, Presbyopia and Astigmatism Explained

The low down on vision- Myopia, Hyperopia, Presbyopia and Astigmatism Explained

Near-sightedness (or myopia) is a common vision condition in which you can see objects close to you, but objects that are farther away are blurry (like street signs are blurry). Myopia occurs when the shape of your eye causes light to bend (refract) incorrectly, resulting in the images focusing in front of your retina instead of on your retina.

Farsightedness (or hyperopia) is the condition where you can usually see distant objects well, but have more difficulty focusing on objects that are up close (like reading on your phone). This occurs when the eyeball is too short, and the image focuses behind the retina instead of on the retina.

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye) is irregularly shaped and as a result, your vision appears blurry at both distance and near. This can cause glare around lights and difficulty during night driving.

Presbyopia like balding and grey hair – presbyopia is an age-related condition. As the eye ages, the lens gradually thickens and loses flexibility and you have difficulty focusing on objects that are up close. Most people begin to notice the effects of presbyopia sometime in their 40s when they find themselves holding reading material at arm’s length.

 

Common Glasses Myths Busted

If you think that it seems like it’s the cool thing to be wearing glasses- you are pretty close to the truth as 65.2% of Australian women 18 years and older wear prescription glasses/contact lenses, compared with 54.8% of men. 1

Although millions of Australians wear glasses – there are still some silly myths about wearing glasses.

Wearing eyeglasses makes you dependent on them. Not true. The glasses are not changing the ability of your eyes to see. When you feel like you need to wear your glasses more often, it is because you are getting used to your improved vision.

Taking a break from wearing your glasses is good and allows your eyes to rest. Busted. Wearing glasses does not weaken your vision. The glasses are correcting the way that the light is being refracted onto your retina. But, taking a break from wearing your glasses means that you will strain your eyes leading to eye fatigue.

You don’t look good in eyeglasses. OMG! Stop the presses! Has anyone told that to the sexiest man in the world- Ryan Gosling? Not to mention that Mrs. Gosling (aka Eve Mendes) also rocks fabulous glasses. Maybe they met at their optometrist appointment? All the more reasons to book your appointment today.

Glasses make me look old. Busted again. The right pair of glasses will hide signs of aging. Glasses in a bold color or funky pattern is better for that youthful look than having Botox to hide those crowfeet.

You won’t need glasses if you eat a lot of carrots. Busted! What’s up Doc? It is true that carrots contain Vitamin A which is good for eye health. But overloading on Vitamin A will not fix near-sightedness or farsightedness – that’s what glasses are for!

Now what?

Our vision changes over time. In the same way, we schedule yearly car maintenance, we need to check the health of our eyes.

Book an appointment with our experienced optometrist at Allied Eye Care. We will be able to detect, diagnose and monitor vision problems even when symptoms may not be apparent.

Organize your Eye Test Today- Your Eyes will thank you.