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  • Refractive errors are related to the focusing ability of your eyes.
  • Symptoms of refractive errors include blurry vision, tiredness, headaches and reduced concentration.
  • Refractive errors such as short-sightedness usually develop in childhood and may change as you age.
  • Nearly everyone will develop a refractive error as they age beyond 40 years and become unable to focus at close distances.
  • You can wear glasses or contact lenses, or have surgery to correct your vision if you have refractive errors in your eyes.

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Reviewed on: 17-10-2015