Why am I having problems focusing over distances?
If you are having trouble focusing on items in the distance, you may be experiencing myopia, or short-sightedness. This means that while you can see close-up items - like a book or your computer screen - clearly, objects in the distance, like trees on the horizon, may appear blurred.
What does being short-sighted mean?
Myopia is a refractive error - a technical term for an eyesight problem that involves the bending of light. Short-sightedness is a relatively common problem that can present itself in people of any age. You may notice changes in your vision, but many people who are short-sighted also experience feelings of disorientation or headaches. This is because you cannot clearly see objects in the distance. Myopia is most frequently detected in young people, whose vision can change as they age. Often, a first sign of short-sightedness is when a child has difficulty reading from a distance or viewing a screen at school. Fortunately, corrective lenses - including glasses or contact lenses - can remedy this error, and laser surgery offers a permanent solution once your vision has stabilised in adulthood.
What can I do if I am having trouble focusing?
It is important to note that myopia can have dangerous consequences - particularly if you are unable to see clearly while driving or operating machinery. Having your vision checked regularly ensures your own safety, as well as the safety of others. You should already be scheduling regular check-ups with your optometrist at least once every two years to monitor your eye health, and if you notice any changes to your vision, it is important to make an appointment right away. A quick vision test will determine whether or not you require corrective lenses - and if you do, your optometrist will discuss your options with you.