Refractive Error

A refractive error is an abnormality of the shape of the eye, or the strength of the lens within the eye, which means that the eye is not in focus in the distance in the resting state as it would be in a person with normal vision.

Several conditions can be caused by a refractive error, including:

A refractive error is different to Presbyopia (glasses for reading vision). Presbyopia is a change in the natural lens inside the eye which prevents it from changing its shape and makes people in their 40s and 50s become increasingly dependent on glasses.
Treatments are available for both presbyopia and refractive error if you wish to be without glasses or contact lenses. If you wish to discuss these options do book an appointment with our eye surgeon from the Bournemouth Eye Clinic.


Bournemouth Nuffield Hospital
67 Lansdowne Road

Tel: 01202 291816
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