Blurry vision can cause an unnecessary strain on your daily life. It can impair your ability to drive a car, or make it difficult to read your favourite book before bed. The constant strain and squinting can also cause headaches and fatigue. Luckily we know the leading causes of blurry vision and can create a custom approach to correcting your vision problems. At BoydVision we are a leading surgical facility in Vancouver and Burnaby for laser eye, lens exchange, and cataract surgery.
Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is a visual condition where you can see objects up close, but distant objects appear blurry. Tasks, like seeing distant road signs or watching sporting events from the stands will be difficult. Myopia occurs when light entering the eye is focused in front of your retina rather than on it. There are two leading causes of this. One is when the eyeball has elongated, and the other is when your cornea or lens has an increase in curvature. In some cases, there can be a mix of both.
Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is just the opposite. A shortening of the eyeball or lack of curvature in the cornea/lens causes light to focus behind the retina. Objects in the distance are clear and easy to see, while items up close are blurry, making tasks like reading a book or text messages tough. The constant eye strain caused by hyperopia can induce headaches or fatigue. It is a prevalent vision problem, affecting about a quarter of the population.
If you find that you have blurry vision at object both near and far, the issue might be astigmatism. Astigmatism is caused by an irregular curve in your cornea or lens which produces multiple focal points in your eye. These focal points could be in front of your retina, behind it, or both. Astigmatism can occur alongside both myopia and hyperopia.
Presbyopia is an age-related gradual loss of vision. It starts typically around your early to mid-40s and can continue to worsen over time. Even if you’ve never had the previous conditions, you can still develop presbyopia. It is caused by a loss of flexibility or natural thickening of your natural lens rather than an irregular lens shape. You might have presbyopia if you start holding your phone further and further away to read it.
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You can schedule a free consultation with us to diagnose the cause of your blurry vision and our various treatment options. All of our consultations will be with our eye surgeon Dr. Boyd so you can ask and receive all of the necessary information before deciding on the path that’s right for you. Give us a call at 604.430.9560 or contact our laser eye surgery clinic and we will get back to you shortly.