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Refractive Error

Refractive errors are vision problems caused when the irregular shape of the cornea results in problems with the light focusing on the retina. The different types of refractive errors are myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia. Refractive errors can be corrected by using eyeglasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery.

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My son has poor vision. Does he need glasses?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old son has poor vision -2.0. He improves his eyesight by doing eye exercises himself. Should he wear eyeglasses?  Read Full »

Dr. Shikha Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I do not know whether you have got his cycloplegic refraction or not. Is this just auto refractometer finding or final refractive power? Anyways, I will suggest you get a repeat cycloplegic refraction done at a good center by an optometrist who is experienced. Second...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with decompensated heterophoria. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had binocular, horizontal esotropia for two years now, worse on distant gaze. My ophthalmologist diagnosed it to be decompensated heterophoria. Is there anything I can do about it? I spend a lot of time writing and reading on my computer, could that make it worse?  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Decompensated heterophoria, can result from a variety of decompensating factors. The most notable few are refractive error and recent fever or stressful events like dieting or sleep deprivation. Refractive errors are easy to detect and correct. You can do a simple test...  Read Full »

How can I correct my vision? Please suggestions.

Query: Hello doctor, I had retinal vasculitis 8 years ago (no recent activity confirmed by doctors). I am 23 years old and my eye power has been constant in the last 4 years (-8D). I am in dire need to reduce my eye power to be declared fit for my recruitment. Please explain the treatment options and poten...  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I reviewed your history. It seems from the history that you are having refractive error of  -8 dioptres. Since it is constant without any further variation and your age is more than 18 years, you can undergo laser correction of your refractive power. This is called as...  Read Full »

Is it okay for 3-month-old baby to have undeveloped vision?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is three months old now. We got her examined by an eye specialist this week, but the doctor said that her vision is not yet developed, so she cannot see or differentiate colors. As per the doctor's examination, my daughter's eyeballs, retina, etc., are fine, but the eyeball lin...  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. What are the symptoms that the child has? Does she have nystagmus or oscillating movements of the eye? Does the child grab the toys presented to her? Is the size of her eyes smaller than usual or cross-eyed or squint? Was only a routine exami...  Read Full »

I am physically active, but my eyes feel extremely tired after waking up. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,I am physically active, but my eyes feel extremely tired after waking up and continue for the entire day. As a result, I have difficulty opening my eyes and experience a strain.  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms suggest refractive errors, glaucoma, stress, or allergy. Are you watching a mobile or computer screen for a long time? Do you feel any floaters or blind spots in your vision? Do you have a headache or vomiting? I suggest Carboxymethyl Cellulose eye drops ...  Read Full »

What is the normal refractive error numbers of 1-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor, My child is one year old. On routine examination his eye has a power of minus 3.5 and minus 2.5 refractive error. What is the normal refractive error at this age as refraction continues to change? Doctor said to follow up after six months as glasses may be needed if power increases....  Read Full »

Dr. Hussein Ayoub

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, let me tell you that visual development takes until the age of puberty. As your child grows, his vision parameters will change because his eyeball grows with him as he ages. So visual stability will continue to change until the age of 18-20 years old. ...  Read Full »

I am anxious about having eye surgery. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a very weak eyesight of -18 in both eyes. Many surgeries are available, but I am scared to go for them because of the risks. My parents, too, are scared. Please suggest one according to my situation. My right eye has a grey spot that I know is a stuck floater. You will better know ...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. With a power of - 18D and floaters, I also expect progressive retinal degenerative changes due to myopia. The only refractive surgery option available for you is clear lens extraction. In this procedure, the natural lens of your eye is remove...  Read Full »

Kindly share your opinion about my suggested eye treatment.

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to have your opinion on eye treatment I availed. I have been prescribed glasses with specified power lenses. I have also been prescribed eye drops to minimize eye irritation, burning sensation, and dryness in my eyes. However, my profession demands high screen exposure time w...  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the reports, you have refractive error for which you need to wear glasses constantly and use antiglare and blue filter glasses. As you are using the screen excessively, it is advisable to put drops at least four times daily, mainly every two hours when i...  Read Full »

If I do not wear spectacles for an hour,will it increase my eye power?

Query: Hello Doctor, If I do not wear spectacles for an hour everyday, will it increase my eye power or damage my eyes?  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I reviewed your history. Ideally speaking spectacles should be worn always. However, not wearing spectacles for one hour will not cause much increase in eye power. Hence no need to worry. But make sure you do not forget to wear your spectacles and do...  Read Full »

I have headaches consistently. Please help me.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male. I am having a headache for the past seven days. It remains the whole day and gets actuated just before sleep, while using a mobile phone and during the study. Pain is consistently spread across the scalp and is mild. For the past few days, I am taking treatment fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The initial dandruff treatment is likely unrelated to your current concerns. It's worth considering your daily routine, as such a pattern can contribute to persistent headaches and potentially impact your overall health. Evaluating and adjusting your routine could be ben...  Read Full »

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