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FAQ–Understanding Eye Health

Read on to learn more about how your eyes work and how to protect your vision. For more information, visit or give us a call to set up your next eye exam appointment at Mission Creek Optometry in Kelowna.

What are some of the most common eye conditions?

  • Myopia: also known as nearsightedness, it’s a common condition where the eye can only see objects that are close-up clearly.
  • Hyperopia: also known as farsightedness, it’s when the eye can only see distant objects clearly.
  • Macular degeneration: affects the part of the retina that allows sharp central vision needed for everyday tasks like driving and reading.
  • Astigmatism: an irregular curvature of the eye that prevents eyes from focusing on light, resulting in blurred vision.
  • Cataracts: a clouding of the crystalline lens that makes it difficult for light to pass through, eventually losing its clarity and becoming opaque.

How can I protect my eyes?

The retina is vital to your vision and can be injured or become detached in hazardous work environments or during ball sports. Be sure to wear shatter-and-impact-resistant eyewear when you participate in any strenuous or risky activity.

How can I improve my eye health?

A healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition can help maintain optimal eye health. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E, along with carotenoids, such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin, may even reduce the progression of certain eye diseases.

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