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Refractive error explained in 60 seconds

New patient advice video

10 Jul 2019

We’ve produced a new 60 second advice video aiming to help patients better understand what happens when they have a refractive error. 

Roshni Kanabar, Optometrist and Clinical and Regulatory Advisor for the AOP, explains the difference between myopia (short-sightedness) and hypermetropia (long-sightedness) with this short and informative video. 

Highlighting that refractive error of all kinds can usually be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, Ms Kanabar reassures patients that “this doesn’t mean your eyes are unhealthy.”

Ms Kanabar goes on to explain: “It is important that patients understand the difference between myopia and hypermetropia. I find that this is one of the most common clinical questions I am asked in practice, as it applies to most patients that I see. I usually find I am asked this by parents of children that have been prescribed spectacles for the first time.”

The video, Association of Optometrists 60 second advice: Long-sightedness or short-sightedness, is part of a series of short advice videos, designed to explain common eyecare issues to patients. 

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