Understanding Common Vision Problems

Understanding Common Vision Problems

Did you know that most people that suffer from vision problems are typically affected by three common conditions? Myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism are three common vision problems that we diagnose and treat at Falcon Vision Centre. Although these conditions are not “diseases”, they are something that should be treated by an optometrist in Mississauga.

Myopia: What’s in The Distance?

For patients that suffer from myopia, objects in the distance become blurred, affected their ability to see properly. Myopia is also commonly referred to as “nearsightedness”. With myopia, patients can see up close. However, anything in the distance may seem impossible to view correctly.

Myopia is caused when an eyeball is too long, or the cornea is too curved. The shape of your eye has a big impact on how it receives light and views the world. With myopia, light is focused in front of the retina instead of being focused on the retina as it should.

Those with myopia receive a negative prescription.

Hyperopia: What’s Right in Front of You?

For patients that suffer from hyperopia, seeing up close becomes a problem, causing blurriness and an inability to see properly. Hyperopia is commonly referred to as “farsightedness” as well.

Hyperopia is caused when an eyeball is too short, or the cornea is too flat, causing light not to focus properly on the retina.

Those with hyperopia commonly need reading glasses to correct their vision.

Astigmatism: A Blurry Perspective

Astigmatism is actually slightly different than myopia and hyperopia, with astigmatism the cornea is actually shaped more like a football, resulting in multiple focal points. Astigmatism can cause blurred vision at any distance and is often accompanied by myopia or hyperopia.

Visit Our Mississauga Optometrist Today

For most patients, these three common vision problems can be easily treated using eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. Notice your vision isn’t perfect? Schedule an appointment with our optometrist in Mississauga today! We’re always accepting new patients and would be happy to determine if vision correction is necessary.