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Refractive Error

What are refractive errors?

Be Eye Wise and learn that refractive errors are a broad category of eye conditions related to diminished vision caused by the shape of the eye. Nearly all eye refraction issues can be addressed through laser eye surgery such as LASIK and PRK, as well as non-surgical treatment such as contact lenses or eyewear.

The most common refractive errors are:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness): Clear vision close but blurry in the distance.
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness): Clear vision in the distance, but blurry up close.
  • Presbyopia: Inability to focus up close as a result of aging.
  • Astigmatism: Focus issues caused by the cornea.

The most common treatments around eye refraction include:

To learn all you can about eye refraction and refractive errors, please schedule an appointment with a Northwest Eye ophthalmologist. Because the more you know, the better you see.


Serving Our Community

With six locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, Northwest Eye is among the largest eye care providers in the Midwest. Be Eye Wise and schedule a general eye exam or a specific service consultation today. We have optical  at the following offices:  Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata, MN.

8501 Golden Valley Rd.,
Suite 100 & 200
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N., Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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2601 39th Ave NE., Suite 1
St. Anthony, MN 55421
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250 Central Ave N., Suites 105 & 107, Optical Suite 106
Wayzata, MN 55391
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7125 Tamarack Rd, Suite 150,
Woodbury, MN 55125
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11091 Ulysses St NE., Suite 400
Blaine, MN 55434
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9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55431
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10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suites 100 & 120
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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