A refractive error means that your eyesight is blurry because it does not bend light the way it should.
There are a few types of refractive errors. They include:
- Myopia (nearsightedness): You can clearly see things that are close by, but far away objects are blurry.
- Hyperopia (farsightedness): You can clearly see things that are far away, but things that are close are blurry. In severe cases, things are blurry at any distance.
- Astigmatism (irregular cornea): The surface of your eye curves asymmetrically, causing distortion and blurriness at all distances.
- Presbyopia (near vision loss because of age): You’ve experienced some loss of vision because of aging which causes less flexibility in your natural lenses.
If you have a refractive error, it usually just means you need correction of some sort to accommodate during your daily life. However, severe cases of refractive errors like myopia can come with a risk of retinal detachment. In any case, it’s important to seek out treatment sooner rather than later.
Want to know more about refractive errors and their treatments? Be sure to request an appointment with Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology today!