Eye conditions

Just over 50% of Canadians have some form of visual impairment. Read about the most common eye conditions affecting people today, and find out the different treatment options available.

About the eye

The eye is a complex and intricate system. Our eyes function like a camera, capturing and focusing light to see images with clarity.

Myopia

Myopia means a person’s eye is longer than a normal one. As a result, distant objects appear to be blurry.

Hyperopia

A hyperopic eye is shorter than a normal-sized one. This means near objects are blurry while distant objects are clear.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is an eye condition that results in blurry vision from near and far distances due to an irregularly-shaped cornea.

Presbyopia

Presbyopia is an eye condition that typically occurs in people aged 40 and over. People with this condition have a difficult time seeing small details, like fine print, clearly.

Progressive lens dysfunction

This blanket term is used to describe the progression of conditions linked to an aging crystalline lens.
 

Cataracts

Cataracts are the age-related clouding of the eye’s natural lens.

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive condition characterized by a thin, cone-like shaped cornea.