Common eye conditions


Hyperopia, commonly known as farsightedness, is a refractive eye condition in which distant objects can be seen more clearly than objects that are close. This occurs because the eyeball is too short, causing light entering the eye to be focused behind the retina, rather than directly on it. As a result, the images of nearby objects are not properly formed on the retina, leading to strained or blurred vision, particularly with closer objects. 

People with hyperopia often have difficulty with tasks such as reading, using a computer, or focusing on objects within arm's length. Corrective lenses help to adjust the way light enters the eye, so it is focused directly onto the retina, allowing for clear vision at all distances without eyestrain. Hyperopia is a common finding in children struggling with concentration and learning.

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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