What Are the Signs You Have a Refractive Error?

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Do you squint to read books or text on a computer screen? Do you feel eyestrain after watching TV from across the room? If so, you may have a refractive error. Refractive errors happen when the eye does not properly focus light on the retina, resulting in blurry vision. Below, we describe common signs of refractive errors and how team members at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center diagnose myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related farsightedness).

Our professionals may recommend corrective lenses or surgery to address refractive errors in Boca Raton, FL. Call now to book an appointment and learn about your treatment options. We strive to provide advanced, comprehensive eye care by staying up-to-date on top tools and technologies.

Blurry vision

Refractive errors cause objects at various distances to appear blurry or unfocused. So, if you can’t read a street sign in the distance or have trouble reading books and menus, you may have an undiagnosed refractive error. Here's a rundown of how each one impacts your vision:

  • Myopia: Far-away objects are blurry, while close-up objects are clearer
  • Hyperopia: Close-up objects are blurry, and distant objects may be more visible
  • Astigmatism: Both close-up and far-away objects appear blurry or fuzzy
  • Presbyopia: Close-up objects become harder to see as you age, but distant objects remain clear

Squinting and eyestrain

Squinting is a common coping mechanism used by people with refractive errors. It temporarily changes the shape of the eye, adjusting the way light enters and focuses on the retina. However, squinting is not a long-term solution and can lead to eyestrain and even chronic headaches. If you find yourself frequently squinting, it's crucial to meet with an eye doctor as soon as possible in Boca Raton, FL.

Halos or glare around lights

Halos and glare are bright rings that appear around light sources such as lamps or headlights. They make night driving especially dangerous since halos can obstruct your view. Too much glare also causes objects to appear blurry. When you experience halos or glare, visit Clewner & Kelly Eye Center to get checked for a refractive error right away.

How do you diagnose a refractive error?

Our staff can perform various vision tests to diagnose refractive errors. During a consultation, we take detailed measurements of your eyes and ask questions about your current symptoms. We then make recommendations based on your condition. Clewner & Kelly Eye Center proudly offers several ways to correct refractive errors without disrupting your daily routine.

How do you treat refractive errors?

Corrective lenses are the most common way to manage refractive errors. Contact lenses and eyeglasses are available in different strengths and styles to suit your needs. Some people are eligible for refractive surgery, which is designed to reshape the cornea. Ideal candidates are over 18 years old and have had stable vision for one year. We use leading laser technologies to help your eyes heal quickly and reduce potential complications.

Improve your vision

Whether you have blurry vision or experience problems like halos and glare, Clewner & Kelly Eye Center can provide comprehensive solutions in Boca Raton, FL. Our team members help you manage common refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia so you can see clearly again. Call now for an appointment and see why many men and women trust us with their eye health.

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