A refractive error is a common type of vision problem that occurs when the eye’s shape prevents light from focusing directly on the back of the eye, resulting in blurry vision and other problems.
For many people, the changes to their vision occur so gradually over time, that they often don’t notice it happening - and so don’t realise that they need optical care or that their eyesight isn’t as good as it could be. This is why regular comprehensive eye exams are so important to maintain your vision and pick up on issues as soon as they arise.
There Are Five Common Types Of Refractive Errors:
Why Do Refractive Errors Happen?
Refractive errors can happen when:
How Can An Optometrist Check For Refractive Errors?
Our optometrists can check for refractive errors as part of a comprehensive eye exam. The assessment is simple and painless. You’ll be asked to read letters that are up close and far away, then they may give you some eye drops to dilate (widen) your pupil and check for other eye problems.
How Are Refractive Errors Treated?
If you have a refractive error, your optometrist can work alongside you to prescribe glasses or contact lenses to improve your vision, reduce vision-related headaches and eye strain, and help give you the freedom to do the things you love. In children, treatment for amblyopia may also include eye patches, eye drops, or visual therapy.
To make an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination with one of our optometrists, contact us here.