Is your vision less than perfect?

13 May 2014

Impaired vision can negatively impact on your daily life and prevent you from carrying out simple tasks such as reading or watching television comfortably.

For mild vision problems such as an ever-so-slight blurring of text either up close or in the distance, often the brain can train the eyes to compensate for the defect which allows you to function without the need for glasses.

However, if you have noticed a change in your eyesight and find that you may be squinting or straining to see objects clearly, then you may have a vision defect that must be addressed in order to enhance your vision clarity.

At Optilase Northern Ireland, a wide range of vision errors can be identified during a free consultation available at any of our clinics in Belfast, Newry or Derry/Londonderry.

What is causing my blurred vision?

Blurred vision can be attributed to a whole host of eye problems which is why it is important to get your eyesight and your overall eye health checked at Optilase Northern Ireland, so as to rule out any the presence of any debilitating diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts.

The most common vision defects that cause blurred vision are refractive errors that can be diagnosed during your free consultation at Optilase Northern Ireland.

Myopia: Better known as short sightedness and is one of the most common refractive errors in Northern Ireland. Myopia affects distance vision and is caused by an eyeball that is too long or a cornea that is overly curved.

Hyperopia: Often referred to as long sightedness, the presence of hyperopia in the eye results in clear distance vision but blurred near vision. The two main causes of the condition are an eyeball that is too short or a cornea that is too flat.

Astigmatism: This refractive error can be present in the eye along with myopia or hyperopia and relates to the shape of the cornea, which is a clear layer of tissue at the front of the eye. If a cornea is irregularly shaped (non-spherical) it results in astigmatism.

Eyesight changes after 40

As you get older, the eye begins to show signs of ageing as certain parts are unable to function efficiently which can result in the development of a condition known as presbyopia.

Presbyopia mimics the symptoms of long sightedness which means that near vision is impaired and reading glasses are required in order to see objects up close clearly.

Presbyopia can be easily detected during a free consultation at Optilase Northern Ireland with a variety of treatment options also available.

For more information on any of the aforementioned conditions, or to schedule a free consultation, call 08000 121 565.

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