What is Myopia?
Myopia is commonly referred to as nearsightedness. A myopic eye sees near objects very clearly within a certain range while distance vision appears blurry.
Nearsighted people often have headaches or eye strain and might squint or feel tired particularly when driving

What is Hyperopia?
Hyperopia is more commonly known as farsightedness. A hyperopic eye sees distant objects clearly while near objects appear blurry.

What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common visual distortion caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. Approximately 45% of all patients requiring vision correction have astigmatism.

What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a vision condition that becomes apparent during middle age, in which the loss of elasticity of the eye causes difficulty or an inability to focus sharply for near vision. When people develop presbyopia, they find they need to hold books, magazines and newspapers etc at arms length in order to focus properly.

What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed. In most people this damage is due to an increased pressure inside the eye - a result of blockage of the circulation of aqueous, or its drainage. In other patients the damage may be caused by poor blood supply to the vital optic nerve fibres, a weakness in the structure of the nerve, and/or a problem in the health of the nerve fibres themselves. Over 300,000 Australians have glaucoma. While it is more common as people age, it can occur at any age. As our population becomes older, the proportion of glaucoma patients is increasing.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
 Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye are damaged. This can seriously affect vision and in some cases may even cause blindness.

Common symptoms include blurred or distorted vision that makes it difficult to read standard print, watch television or see people's faces. Increased sensitivity to glare and difficulty seeing at nightPeople who have diabetes are at risk especially if they have high blood-sugar levels or poorly managed diabetes, high blood pressure, particularly if they also have kidney disease & a long history of the illness. People with diabetes should ensure they take prescribed medications as instructed, control blood-sugar levels and follow a healthy diet.

It is essential that people with diabetes have regular (annual at a minimum) eye check ups with thier Optometrist.

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