If you have a problem with your vision, your optometrist is trained to detect what the problem is and how it should be corrected.
If you are Myopic; this means you are short sighted. People who are myopic usually need glasses to see in the distance, like for driving, tv or the blackboard in school.
If you are hyperopic; this means you are long sighted. If you are long-sighted, it means your biggest problem is up close, but you may also need glasses for distance vision as well.
Astigmatism; this means your eyes are rugby-ball shaped. The biggest problem with astigmatism is that is distorts what you are looking at. This can cause blurred vision and headaches.
Presbyopia; not to be confused with hyperopia, presbyopia is what happens when we get older. When we develop presbyopia, our ability to re-focus the eyes up close when we read, gets weaker with age. People with presbyopia will need glasses to help them read and do close work. This means you may need to wear varifocals or bifocals.
Your optometrist will carry out a refraction, to see what type lenses suit your eyes best and advise as to what you need and how you should wear your new glasses if you need them.
Contact your local optical practice to book an appointment today, if you have PRSI or Medical Card entitlement you may be eligible for a free eye examination.