Refractive errors are common conditions that affect the way your eyes bend light

There are many types of treatment options for different errors that require you to wear glasses and contact lenses

Refractive errors are common conditions that affect the way your eyes bend light

There are many types of treatment options for different errors that require you to wear glasses and contact lenses

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Refractive errors are the most common type of vision problem that affects your vision and makes it difficult to see clearly. They happen when the shape of your eye affects the ability for light to focus properly on the retina (the photographic film of the eye). There are 3 main refractive errors that can affect your eye:

  • Myopia (short-sightedness)
  • Hypermetropia (long-sightedness)
  • Astigmatism (difficulty focusing at most distances)
  • Presbyopia (loss of accommodation making reading up close difficult without glasses).

A refractive error can happen as a result of one, or a few, of the following:

  • A change in the eye’s shape
  • A naturally steeper or flatter surface of the eye
  • A thicker or thinner lens than normal
  • The eye is too short or too long.

Often refractive errors are genetic in origin but can be affected by lifestyle, in particular, the amount of near work during the development of the eye in your younger years.

  • During your visit, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your eye
  • Other diagnostic tests give us an accurate assessment of the curvature and astigmatism in the cornea and help assess your suitability for laser eye surgery.

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Not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. The first step is to find out if laser eye surgery can help you. You can take a self test, call us or use our online calendar to book a free assessment.

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After treatment, everyone tells us how surprised they are by how quickly their lives changed. They also mention that they wish they had done it years earlier! When people say yes to eye treatment, they are saying yes to a new life, free from the limitation of glasses and contacts!

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Blurry vision — usually caused by refractive errors — is the main reason a person seeks the services of an eye doctor. But what does it really mean when we’re told that our vision is blurry because we have a refractive error?

We see the world around us because of the way our eyes bend (refract) light. Refractive errors are optical imperfections that prevent the eye from properly focusing light, causing blurred vision.

The primary refractive errors are nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Refractive errors can be permanently treated with LASIK and other vision correction surgery (also called refractive surgery).

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Do you often find yourself blinking, squinting, or rubbing your eyes to gain a clearer view? If you have blurry vision, you might chalk it up to age or needing new glasses. But it can be a sign of other health problems, too.

Often, treatment for these conditions will clear up your blurred vision. Remember, though, that sudden changes to your eyesight aren’t normal, so if they happen, see your doctor right away.

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The term “refractive errors” refers to four conditions:

  • Astigmatism. Objects up close and at a distance appear blurry.
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness). (new link to be created) Close objects seem out of focus.
  • Myopia (nearsightedness). Distant objects look out of focus.
  • Presbyopia. (new link to be created) Close objects gradually appear out of focus with aging.

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Your laser eye surgeon in Antwerp, Dr. Frank Goes Jr

He’ll be your personal guide on your journey to visual freedom

With over 20 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

I am and have been a board member for different national and international professional societies on eye surgery, and I have the privilege to give several national and international courses on cataract and refractive surgery.

Good vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery depends on the expertise of the provider. The provider must also have access to precise tools. The best eye surgeons know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I try to be one of those surgeons

Dr. Frank Goes Jr

Chief Executive & Eye Surgeon