Common eye conditions


Astigmatism is a common refractive eye condition that occurs when the cornea of the eye has an irregular shape, rather than being perfectly spherical. This irregularity causes light to be focused on multiple points within the eye, instead of a single point on the retina, leading to distorted or blurred vision. In an eye with astigmatism, the cornea or lens may be more curved in one direction than in another, like the shape of a football rather than a basketball. As a result, the eye may have different focal points for vertical and horizontal lines, causing images to appear stretched, skewed, or out of focus.

Astigmatism can occur alongside other refractive errors, such as short sightedness (myopia) or far sightedness (hyperopia). People with astigmatism may experience a variety of vision problems, including difficulty seeing fine details, glare, and problems with night vision.

Frequently asked questions

What does an optometrist do?

In NZ an optometrist can calculate the prescription for glasses, fit contact lenses, diagnose and treat eye conditions and infections with medication. They can also manage ocular injuries including removing foreign objects. If surgery or specialist treatment is required they can refer to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), hospital, or other health care specialist. NZ-trained optometrists must complete a 5-year degree at the University of Auckland before becoming registered.

What is a dispensing optician (sometimes called a “dispenser”)?

A dispensing optician has formal training in optical dispensing. They are qualified to help a client choose frames, read a prescription, discuss lens options, take measurements, order and fit glasses.

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in the treatment of serious eye disease and ocular surgery such as cataract removal. They do not typically prescribe glasses or contact lenses.

What payment options do you have?

While payment is generally required on the day of appointment, we do offer a number of payment options including Afterpay, Genoapay, QCard, and GoCardless.

Are you open on public holidays?

No. We are closed on public holidays and long weekends as we believe our staff should have the chance to enjoy this time with friends and family.

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