Understanding your eyes - Breaking down Optical terms in plain english
Been to an Optician or an Eye Clinic lately and thought there was a LOT to take in? Chances are that you are right, medical terms used to explain your sight can be confusing. Here we break down everything you might need to know - leaving you with a little less jargon and a lot more understanding!
Astigmatism relates to the shape of your cornea, which should be round like a football. In cases of astigmatism, the cornea is often irregularly stretched so it resembles a rugby ball.
Astigmatism is usually present along with either near or farsightedness and means that light focuses on different points at the back of the eye instead of just on one. This causes blurry, fuzzy, or distorted vision.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. Cataracts often develop slowly and can affect one or both eyes. If you have Cataract in your eyes your symptoms may include faded colors, blurry or double vision, halos around light, trouble with bright lights, and trouble seeing at night.
Presbyopia is an age-related problem with focus that results in the gradual loss of near vision in people over the age of 40, and usually becomes very noticeable once people are in their mid forties. It can happen to people who have enjoyed perfect vision all their life, and gradually affects our ability to see objects close to the eye; particularly printed material.
It can also happen to those who use corrective eyewear to combat long or short sightedness, and even to those who have had laser eye surgery to correct refractive errors. The most obvious sign of presbyopia is that letters on a page become blurry and out of focus.
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