Mostly everybody during their lifetime will experience problems with their vision. Usually, vision problems are most noted after 40 years old. However, people can experience them whether they are young or old. That is why it is important to make sure your eyes and the eyes of your family are regularly checked.
Some of the Common Problems
Some of the common problems that deal with vision include nearsightedness (myopia), hyperopia (long-sightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia. Any of these vision difficulties can be corrected if you make it a point to visit an eye centre to obtain help. Why continue to suffer in this way when you can resolve the condition?
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error that affects about 80% of the people in Singapore. This refractive condition results when the cornea is too curved or the eye is too long. As a result, you will not be able to clearly see objects at a distance.
If you suffer from long-sightedness or hyperopia, you are suffering from a refractive error that involves a flat cornea and an eye that is too short. In turn, you will have trouble seeing items up-close with any sort of clarity.
If you have an astigmatism, your cornea is curved in one direction at an elevated height. Therefore, images are distorted or blurred. This type of condition can happen with hyperopia or myopia, all which blurs objects, either distant or close up.
Presbyopia generally happens after a person turns 40 years old. This condition causes a person to have trouble focusing on objects that are near them. The problem is thought to occur due to a loss of elasticity in the eye’s’ crystalline lens. You will normally have trouble seeing when you sew or read.
General Eye Screenings
As you can see, when you make an appointment for a consultation, you can learn more about Singapore eye centre offerings in order to help you with any specific vision difficulty. For instance, both general eye screenings and premium eye screenings are offered. When a general eye screening is given, patients are tested for visual acuity, or examined for distance and near vision and evaluated by the following measures:
- Auto refraction is used to measure the refractive power of the eyes. This is a computerised assessment.
- Tonometry is another computerised gauge that measures eye pressure.
- A slit lamp exam is used to test the cornea, vitreous, lens, retina, macula, and optic nerve.
If you opt for a premium screening, the optometrist will test for any visual field defects as well as use equipment to detect eye conditions that affect the optic nerve, retina, or macula. A premium eye screening also includes a screening for glaucoma.
Have Someone Drive You Home
When scheduling an eye assessment or screening, make sure you set aside about three hours. During the screening, contact lens should be removed. Wearing spectacles as an alternative is advised. After pupil dilation, your vision may be affected for a short duration. Therefore, make sure you have someone to take you home after the screening. Normal vision typically returns after a 24-hour period.