Myopia, Hyperopia & Presbyopia: Understanding Your Optical Condition with iSight Optometry

Myopia, Hyperopia & Presbyopia: Understanding Your Optical Condition with iSight Optometry

Your Kelowna optometrist understands how difficult it can be to navigate with less than optimal vision. Our eyes can change extremely rapidly or gradually over time. The brain does an amazing job processing the information we visually receive. Many clients are shocked to find out they require prescription treatment.

If your comprehensive eye exam revealed the need for glasses, we want you to be as educated about your condition as possible. Our professional and caring team at iSight Optometry in Kelowna is here for you every step of the way.

What is Myopia?

Commonly referred to as nearsightedness, myopia is a common medical condition that occurs when close objects are clear but distant items are unable to come into proper focus. This situation results when the cornea of the eye has too much curvature, often due to the eyeball being too long. Light is unable to accurately focus on the sensory layer inside of your eye called the retina. As such, images beyond a short distance become blurry.

Myopia may be the result of hereditary factors or can occur spontaneously in some people. Besides blurry distant objects, symptoms include eyestrain headaches, needing to squint or close the eyelids partially in order to see clearly and difficulty driving (especially at night with headlights).

Treatment for Myopia

It is estimated that approximately 30 percent of Canadians suffer from myopia. Typically, it presents during childhood and vision levels may continue to change until around age 20. Glasses may be prescribed for distance only, or full time wear, depending on your prescription. Contact lenses are a great option for those who enjoy an active lifestyle.

What is Hyperopia?

Often called farsightedness, or Hyperopia is another common visual condition where objects farther away are clearer and easier to see compared to near objects. This eye condition occurs when the eyeball is too short. It can also be the result when the cornea has too little curvature, preventing close objects from being able to become focussed clearly or sharply on the retina.

Hyperopia can occur do to environmental factors or may be hereditary. Individuals commonly experience difficulty in their ability to focus on objects that are near. Symptoms include headaches or fatigue after concentrating on close items, general tension, poor reading and burning or aching eyes. Book your comprehensive eye exam at iSight Optometry in Kelowna today to start seeing clearly once again.

What Is Presbyopia?

It is often easy to spot those suffering from Presbyopia by the way they hold their Smartphone and reading materials at arms’ length in front of them. Considered a normal aging response that often presents around 40, many clients become emotional when they are diagnosed due to the unmistakable aging connection.

Presbyopia is believed to be caused by a loss of flexibility and slow thickening of the lens due to protein changes This makes the lens become harder as it loses elasticity. Visual fatigue, eyestrain and headaches can make reading and other closer activities exhausting.

Presbyopia Treatment

Eyeglasses containing progressive lenses are the most common solution for this eye condition. Many clients prefer the multifocal lenses that are free from lines, which offer exceptional vision at every distance, even if you have other refractive errors. Bifocal lenses are another option.

iSight Optometry, Helping You See Clearly & Stay Focussed

We are happy to show you how to cope comfortably and stylishly with any eye condition. Our state-of-the-art equipment delivers accurate information concisely and efficiently. We look forward to seeing you and your entire family for your regular eye examinations or as soon as you notice any vision changes.

Book your comprehensive eye exam with our experienced and friendly team at iSight Optometry today!