Vision Conditions

Far & Near Sightedness

Nearsightedness also called myopia is when the eye focuses an object in front of the retina resulting in blurred vision. Myopic eyes are somewhat more susceptible to retinal detachment than farsighted eyes. Severe Myopia can also be caused by other serious eye problems that could affect the retina or choroid. Myopia can be treated with concave lenses or LASIK, which is a very popular surgery used today to reshape the underlying tissue in the eye.

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Astigmatism is a common vision problem that causes blurred vision. It occurs when the cornea (the front cover of the eye) is irregular shaped, meaning that the eye isn’t completely round. The curvature of the lens inside the eye could also be a cause of astigmatism. As a result of the shape of the eye, vision becomes blurred at any distance. A normally shaped cornea is more like the shape of a basketball, allowing light to come in directly to the retina creating crisp, clear images. An eye with astigmatism is more oblong, like a football. It's harder for light to enter properly causing blurred, distorted images. This could result in eye discomfort or even headaches at times.

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Presbyopia is a gradual change in vision, losing the ability to see things up close. Usually by age 40 is when Presbyopia is more noticeable, as it’s a normal part of aging. After 40, the lens becomes more rigid, cannot change shape as easily, and makes it harder to read or perform daily tasks as you could when you were young. While young your lens is soft and more flexible, easily changes shape, and allows you to focus on objects up close and at a distance. Presbyopia cannot be prevented in the aging process, however, you can correct it with glasses, contacts, or possibly even surgery. If left untreated you could experience headaches and eye strain.​​​​​​​

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Amblyopia is also known as a lazy eye, it’s a disorder insight in which the brain fails to process inputs from one eye and over time favors the other eye. After the underlying cause is resolved, vision isn’t restored right away, as the mechanism also involves the brain.​​​​​​​

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Computer Vision

Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that use a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen. Some people with astigmatism will feel completely normal until they get in front of a computer and the condition seems to come back into play. Just as some people use glasses for driving at night there are glasses specifically designed for use with a computer.

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Glaucoma is caused when pressure builds up inside the eyes, damaging the optic nerve and if gone untreated, can cause untreatable blindness. Glaucoma is the third highest cause of blindness. It can be hard to diagnose because symptoms don’t always appear right away, it could take many years before you start to show any signs of glaucoma. Most patients don’t notice it until significant damage has already been done and don’t ask for help until they start to lose their vision.​​​​​​​

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