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Nearsighted individuals typically
have problems seeing well at a distance and are forced to
wear glasses or contact lenses. The nearsighted eye is usually
longer than a normal eye and the cornea may also be steeper.
As a result, when light passes through the cornea and the
lens it is focused in front of the retina, making distant
images appear blurred. We provide
several refractive surgery solutions to correct all levels
Farsighted individuals have shorter
than normal eyes and have problems seeing up-close before
the age of 40. The light of distant objects focuses behind
the retina and these images are blurred. Eventually, their
distance vision also starts to blur as they age. If you
didn't have up-close vision problems until you reached your
40's, you may be experiencing presbyopia. Differentiating
between the two can be confusing.
Astigmatism is a common vision condition
where the corneal surface is not evenly shaped, causing
one to see ghosting or shadowing of images. With astigmatism,
the cornea is not a perfect sphere, like a basketball, but
is steeper in one direction and flatter in the other, like
a football. Astigmatism can occur alone but is most often
combined with nearsightedness or farsightedness.
All people will experience difficulty
reading, usually beginning in their 40s. There is a lens
in the eye, which “accommodates” light so that we can see
at near distances. With Presbyopia, light from a near object
enters the eye, the cornea refracts the light and the lens
changes shape to accommodate for the decreased focal length
of a near object. This is exactly the same process that
occurs when focusing your camera on a near object. Unfortunately
this lens within the eye, as it ages, loses its ability
to focus for us and we need reading glasses or bifocals.
Presbyopia can be dealt with in a number of ways, so please
contact our staff to better understand your options if this
is something that you think you are experiencing.
Dry eye syndrome is one of the most
common problems treated by eye physicians. Over ten million
Americans suffer from dry eyes. It is usually caused by
a problem with the quality of the tear film that lubricates
the eyes. Please click here to visit Dry-Eye-Syndrome.net and learn more about dry eyes.