Vintage Diagram of the Eye

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Nearsightedness, medically known as myopia, is an eye condition in which you can see nearby objects clearly, but faraway objects appear fuzzy or blurry. Nearsightedness is caused by a refractive error. A refractive error occurs when your eye does not focus light correctly. If you are nearsighted, your eye is too long, so it focuses light in front of the retina instead of on the retina. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), almost thirty percent of adults and children in the United States are nearsighted. Myopia is extremely common and very treatable with glasses and/or contacts.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Farsightedness, medically known as hyperopia, is an eye condition is which you can easily see things that are far away, but your close-up vision is blurry. If you are farsighted, your eye is too short, so it focuses light behind the retina instead of on the retina. According to the National Eye Institute, five to ten percent of Americans have this condition. Hyperopia is common and very treatable with glasses and/or contact lenses.

Presbyopia (Aging Eyes)

Aging eyes, medically known as presbyopia, is a condition in which the lens of the eye gradually loses its flexibility, making it harder to focus clearly on close objects such as printed words. Most people lose some ability to focus on close objects by age 40. It affects everyone, but some people notice it more than others. Distance vision, on the other hand, is usually not affected. Unfortunately, presbyopia is an inevitable part of aging and cannot be prevented by diet, lifestyle, or visual habits. However, it is treatable with several types of corrective lenses, including progressives (no-line bifocal), bifocals and trifocals, single-vision reading glasses, multifocal contact lenses, and monovision contacts.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common vision problem caused by an error in the shape of the cornea or lens, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Some practitioners describe the eye as “football or egg shaped.” Other symptoms of astigmatism include squinting, eye strain from squinting, headaches, and eye fatigue at the computer. Most people have some degree of astigmatism, which is usually present at birth and is believed to be hereditary. Even in mild cases, treatment is certainly beneficial with glasses.

Computer Fatigue

Computer Fatigue is characterized by neck pain, blurry vision, stiff shoulders, headache and watery eyes when working in front of a computer screen. The symptoms are typically due to posture, dry eyes, eye muscle coordination, and poorly corrected vision.
Since computer monitors are typically 50 to 65 centimeters from your eyes, your regular glasses may not be the best option for computer work. This distance range is considered intermediate – closer than what you use to drive a car, but farther away than what you use to read. Computer lenses provide you with a larger intermediate area for viewing the computer and your immediate work area like the top of your desk. Morris Avenue Eyecare can help you determine if these specialty lenses are a good fit for you.