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Common eye care terms

What is Short-Sighted?

When you cannot focus on distant objects; for example, the television, bus numbers and road signs appear fuzzy or out of focus. You can be short-sighted at any age.

Technical term: Myopia
Correction: Glasses or contact lenses will correct your vision

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What is Long-Sighted?

When you cannot focus on objects close to you; for example, when reading, looking at your watch, or a computer, these things may appear fuzzy or out of focus. You can be long-sighted at any age.

Technical term: Hyperopia
Correction: Glasses or contact lenses will correct your vision

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What is Astigmatism?

This is a common condition where the shape of your eye is irregular like a rugby ball rather than spherical like a football, so objects at all distances may appear to be out of focus. You can have astigmatism at any age.

Correction: Glasses or contact lenses will correct your vision

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What is Presbyopia?

This is the term used to describe our need for reading glasses from the approximate age of 40 upwards. As we get older, the muscles in our eyes that help us read get weaker, so reading glasses give us the extra support to see clearly up close with, for example, restaurant menus, price tags and looking at your phone.

Correction: Glasses or contact lenses will correct your vision

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What is Squint?

Whilst this term is commonly associated with screwing up your eyes to see clearly, there is another definition; when one eye turns in or out, so that both eyes are not aligned. It is usually seen in children but may be seen in adults too.

Technical term: Strabismus
Correction: Glasses or surgery may correct this. If you see this in your child, ensure they have an eye examination as soon as possible.

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