Hey, Dr. Boyle here with Advanced Family Eye Care, and today we are going to be talking about a few basic things that we see in the clinic every day – nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
The first condition is nearsightedness, or myopia. That is when you are able to see up close, but not far away. Some obvious symptoms are not being able to see the board at school, not being able to read signs at night, and just more blurred vision at a distance.
The second one is farsightedness, or hyperopia, and that’s when you have a little more issue with near but distance is generally clear. If you have higher farsightedness, distance may be blurry. One common symptom with that is headaches or eye strain right here at the end of the day or after you’ve been reading for a little while.
Thirdly, we have astigmatism, and that’s when the vision’s just a little distorted. You might have blurred vision at distance and near. And headaches are often a common symptom of that. You’ll also notice road signs being blurry at night, especially in the distance. You also can see headaches with reading. So a little bit of both, distance and near.
Lastly, usually around 40, there’s a thing called presbyopia that comes on. That’s when you’re a little blurry up close, and it just gradually gets worse until you’re about 60. Usually people start off with some cheaters on that, and we can always do glasses that you can wear full time to see clearly – distance and near.
With all these conditions, they are generally treated by glasses and contacts. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions, just give us a call, we can set up an appointment and get you helped today.