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Common Eye Problems

Information on a range of common eye conditions and problems

Myopia and Hypermetropia

Myopia and hypermetropia are more commonly known as short-sightedness and long-sightedness. Both are refractive errors, which mean that the eye can’t focus light onto the retina properly.

Myopia (short sight) is a common eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly. It tends to happen in children and young teenagers and often runs in families. If distant objects appear fuzzy or if your child is finding it difficult to see things in the distance, you should make an appointment with an optician. A simple test will be used to help assess the vision.

Hypermetropia (long sight) leads to problems with near vision and the eyes often become tired. It occurs when the eyeball is too short, the cornea is not curved enough, or the lens is not thick enough. It can affect people of any age but it tends to become more noticeable in people aged over 40. The main symptom is a difficulty with near vision, headaches and uncomfortable vision.

Treatment

Myopia can range from mild, where treatment may not be required, to severe, where a person’s vision is significantly affected. Both conditions can be corrected by glasses or contact lenses, or cured with laser eye surgery.

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Eyecare Through The Ages

It is important to look after your eyes from birth to old age and at every stage in between. Take a journey through the ages of eyecare for tips on how to best care for your eyes and vision through all life’s stages