Everyday patients who visit Dr. Chris DiGiorgio at Costco Optical located near Larchmont, New York are diagnosed with common refractive errors like hyperopia and myopia. But many patients don't understand what a refractive error is and how it is easily corrected. If you were diagnosed with hyperopia (farsightedness) by Dr. DiGiorgio, you've now joined the one fourth of the population that suffers from this eye condition. Hyperopia is characterized by an ability to see well at a distance, but difficulty in viewing close objects clearly. Caused by a shortened eyeball, vision is distorted and blurred because light rays that enter the eye focus behind the retina, rather than directly on it.
Some signs and symptoms of hyperopia include headache or eye strain, squinting and eye fatigue. If you have already been diagnosed with hyperopia by your Larchmont optometrist
, but are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it's possible that your condition has worsened. In this case, you'll need to visit your primary eye care doctor, Dr. DiGiorgio for an affordable eye exam at Costco Optical, so that your prescription can be re-written. For many, it takes several years before their prescription remains constant. Hyperopia can be effectively treated with corrective lenses, like prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses that alter the trajectory of the light as it travels into the eye.
Known more commonly as nearsightedness, myopia is a visual condition that causes a visual impairment quite opposite of hyperopia. Affecting roughly one third of the population, individuals suffering from myopia have difficulty seeing objects at a distance, while experiencing ease seeing objects close up. Myopia is caused by an elongated eyeball, which causes light rays to focus in front of the retina. Many patients with nearsightedness will have difficulty driving, as well as finding themselves squinting or straining to see objects far away. If you have an undiagnosed refractive error like myopia, you may not be able to legally drive without corrective lenses.
Myopia worsens over time, so if you've been diagnosed with nearsightedness by your Larchmont eye doctor
and are experiencing any eye strain then you may need to update your optical prescription. Like hyperopia, myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye surgery for a permanent fix. To learn more about myopia and hyperopia, please schedule an appointment with your eye doctor, Dr. Chris DiGiogio at Costco Optical.
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By Dr. Chris DiGiorgio
November 7, 2012