Common eye conditions


Myopia, commonly known as short-sightedness, is a vision condition where distant objects appear blurry while close objects can be seen clearly. It occurs when the eyeball is too long. As a result, light entering the eye is focused in front of the retina instead of directly on it. This causes the image to be out of focus when it reaches the retina, leading to difficulty in seeing distant objects clearly.

Myopia is a common vision problem and can develop in childhood or adolescence. Genetics often play a significant role in the development of myopia, but environmental factors like excessive near work (such as reading or using electronic devices for extended periods), limited time spent outdoors, and other lifestyle factors can also contribute to its progression.

Having myopia increases the risk of certain eye conditions, including retinal detachment and macular degeneration. Regular examinations are important to detect any eye disease associated with myopia and to ensure vision is effectively corrected.

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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