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General Eye Conditions - Page 2

 

Hyperopia

Hyperopia or farsightedness is a condition where people can see objects at a distance, but have difficulty seeing up close. Hyperopia is typically caused by an eye that is too short and light rays focus to a point behind the retina.

The patient usually needs glasses to focus up close or in the distance.


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Myopia

The most common condition requiring spectacles or contact lenses in younger patients is myopia. This is a condition where the eye is slightly longer, causing the light rays to focus in front of the retina.

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Depending on the severity, the patient can see up close, but not in the distance without glasses. Sometimes myopia is so severe that the patient cannot see near or far.

Myopia can be associated with other eye conditions, such as glaucoma or degeneration of the macula.

Patients with myopia have an increased risk of retinal breaks and detachment.


Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the most common eye condition, as most people are affected by mid-life.

The normal young eye can focus both for distance and up close, almost like the auto-focus of a camera. With age, the eye loses this ability due to changes in the lens and the internal eye muscle.

The typical complaint is that the patient cannot read up close anymore and has to keep fine print further from the eye to read.

This normal process continues until one has to wear reading glasses for most close-up work.


How can refractive errors be treated?

Many patients can now be treated with surgery so that glasses or contact lenses are no longer necessary.

There are various options and since all eyes differ, your ophthalmologist will discuss the best options for your eyes with you.

Using the latest technology, LASER or implantable lenses can make it possible to see clearly without glasses.

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The George Surgical Centre, established in 2012, is a world-class day hospital dedicated to modern Eye Surgery. Other procedures such as Cosmetic Surgery, is also performed here. Easy access via George Airport enables service delivery to patients from other areas outside the Southern Cape.

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Garden Route Eye Clinic is equipped to perform specialist eye treatment and advanced eye surgery. We utilise only the latest methods and modern equipment to ensure that our patients receive the best possible eye treatment.

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