Common vision issues: What to know
Though it's the main symptom of contact lens wearers, not all blurry vision is created equal. There are four main types of vision issues that can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, which you can explore below.
What is myopia, or nearsightedness?
Myopia, often called nearsightedness, is a chronic progressive disease where the eye grows longer than it should, causing blurry distance vision.
Causes of nearsightedness
While the terms nearsightedness and myopia are often used interchangeably, we now know that nearsightedness is a symptom of myopia, which is a chronic, progressive disease. Risk factors for developing myopia may include spending less time outdoors and more time doing near work (reading, screen time), and genetics.
What is hyperopia, or farsightedness?
Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is where you can see objects clearly at a distance but find it hard to focus on things close up.
Causes of farsightedness
When the eye is too short from front to back, or the cornea’s curve is not powerful enough for the eye, light focuses behind the retina instead of on it, making nearby objects blurry.
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What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is blurred or distorted vision at all distances caused by an imperfection in the eye's curvature.
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