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Eye Conditions & FAQs

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

If you or a family member answer yes to any of these questions below you should book yourself in for an eye test at your local Visique optometrist.

While these symptoms are not necessarily specific only to eye problems or vision correction there are many issues that can occur with your eyes that may cause these symptoms.

  • Do you get headaches, nausea or dizziness after near tasks such as computer use or reading or after driving?

  • Do you get blurred or double vision at any time?

  • Do you ever get crossed or turned eyes?

  • Do you blink or rub your eyes after visual concentration?

  • Do you dislike or avoid any close work, such as reading or sewing?

  • Do you suffer from a short attention span?

  • Do you often place your head close to a book when reading or writing?

  • Do you often frown while looking at the TV or whiteboard?

  • Do you have difficulty reading small print?

  • Do you have difficulty adjusting focus between near and far objects?

  • Do you feel uncomfortable or avoid driving at night?

  • Do you have difficulty seeing road signs or TV?

  • Are you sensitive to the glare?

  • Do you have a family history of any eye disease?

  • Do you get sore or red eyes?

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It is normal for most eyes to be long-sighted (hyperopia) at birth.This usually reduces as the eye grows to full adult size during adolescence. It is then in the teens that short-sightedness (myopia) tends to develop, if at all.

After a relatively stable time throughout the 20's and 30's, another significant time for change begins in the 40's. This involves a gradual loss in the ability to finely focus the lens inside the eye. The result is a totally normal and expected change called "presbyopia", which continues into the 60's.

After 60, the eye will tend toward less long-sightedness or more short-sightedness as the lens located in the inner part of the eye hardens. Sensitive vision drops and the retina's fine discrimination of colours is dulled. By 70 most eyes show signs of cataracts and the older, harder, clouded eye lens scatters light so that glare often becomes more of a problem.

If you are unsure about any aspect of your vision, please contact your local Kiwi-owned Visique optometrist or simply phone 0800 VISIQUE (8474783).

The eyes are our windows to the world; in fact almost 80 % of all the sensory information our brain receives comes from our eyes. So it stands to reason that looking after the health of our eyes is important throughout our lifetime Your Visique optometrist will advise you of the interval between your full eye and vision examinations that is appropriate for your vision and eye health needs. This time interval does vary for different situations, so we contact our clients when their next routine check is due. Changes in vision and eye health are often quite slow and subtle, and can easily go unnoticed if not checked regularly.

Of course if a problem arises sooner, please make an appointment to see your local Kiwi-owned Visique optometrist so that they can assess your particular situation. To find your closest Visique optometrist click here.

Refractive surgery describes a group of procedures where surgery is used to correct the focus of vision rather than spectacles or contact lenses. The most modern techniques use computer controlled lasers to remove a layer of the cornea (window at the front of the eye) and to reshape it to correct vision. Read more here.