Common Eye Conditions

At Hammond Opticians we are experienced in helping clients with a wide range of eye problems. These range from blurry vision which needs visual correction to significant eye disease that requires urgent treatment.

You can read more detailed information about some of the most common eye conditions that people come to see us about below.

If you would like some professional advice and help with an eye condition, please call us on 020 8363 3578 and speak to a member of our team.

Refractive Error

This is a group of very common eye disorders that occur when your eye cannot clearly focus the images from the outside world. This can result in blurred vision, headaches, and eyestrain (asthenopia) if left untreated.

Refractive error can be myopia (short-sight), hyperopia (long-sight), astigmatism and presbyopia. Often, it will be a combination of these. Usually, the two eyes will be similar but not identical. If there is a large difference in refractive error between the eyes (of one person), we call this anisometropia. This can sometimes cause problems in enabling clear and comfortable vision if the image sizes created in the visual centres in their brain differ greatly. This can sometimes lead to diplopia (double vision).

Occasionally, an individual may have one eye that is myopic and one that is hyperopic; this is known as antimetropia. Refractive errors can be easily corrected using glasses, contact lenses or in some cases using refractive surgery. Diplopia (double vision) can be treated by using prisms within special spectacle lenses, or by switching to contact lenses.