Can you see clearly close up, but not far away? If so, you could be nearsighted. Nearsightedness, or myopia, happens when light focuses in front of the retina, as opposed to on the retina, usually because the eye is elongated. It’s often passed on genetically, and usually detected between the ages of 8 and 12. Nearsightedness usually worsens during adolescence, and stabilizes in early adulthood.
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On the other hand, if close objects are blurry, but you can see distant objects clearly, you could be farsighted. Farsightedness, or hyperopia, occurs when light focuses behind the retina, as opposed to on the retina. This is generally because the eye is shorter than usual. Young children are often slightly farsighted. In most cases, the condition corrects itself as children’s eyes naturally grow in length. However, some children remain farsighted but have enough focusing flexibility to overcome the blur. They are unaware of their condition until they reach presbyopia around age 40.
As we get older, presbyopia becomes more prevalent, and we usually notice it around age 40. The eye’s soft and flexible crystalline lens hardens over time, making it difficult for the eye to focus light onto the retina and see objects clearly up close. Presbyopia eventually affects everyone, no matter how good your vision was when you were younger.
Astigmatism usually involves the outer layer of the eye, called the cornea. When someone has astigmatism, their cornea has one portion with a steeper curve compared to the rest of it. Because the curvature is not equal, vision will be distorted for both near and far objects. Images are blurred because some of the light rays are focused and others are not. Astigmatism is usually a genetically inherited condition, and sometimes occurs in combination with nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Blurry vision can be an important indicator of vision problems or other health issues. It can affect one eye (unilateral blurred vision) or both eyes (bilateral blurred vision), and whether it occurs often or rarely, it should never go untreated. If you think your vision isn’t as sharp as it should be, or haven’t had an eye exam within the past year, make an appointment with us.
Blindness refers to a loss of vision that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Partial blindness means you have very limited vision. Complete blindness means you cannot see anything and do not see light. This vision loss may happen suddenly or over a period of time. People with vision that is worse than 20/200 with glasses or contact lenses are considered legally blind in most states in the United States.
Persistent dry eye symptoms occur in almost half of the population and we have dedicated ourselves to the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye with the newest and most advanced technologies available. Some of our services include but are not limited to Lipiflow (thermal lid massage), prescription drops, punctal plugs and daily supplements.
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Glaucoma is the leading cause for irreversible blindness worldwide, but it may not show any symptoms until eye damage has already happened. Our doctors are experienced in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this progressive, complex eye disease. To protect your vision, it is important to have regular eye exams and glaucoma checks.
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Diabetic Eye Exams
If you have diabetes, it is important that you have regular eye exams to avoid common diabetic-related eye problems, such as diabetic retinopathy. Our doctors are committed to helping you lower your risk of long-term vision loss.
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We proudly offer pre-op and post-op care and referrals to trusted eye surgeons, ensuring you get the best care before, during, and after you take this step towards better eyesight.
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As your primary eye care provider, we will track the development of your cataracts and refer you to a top cataract surgeon in our area once you have progressed to the point of needing surgery. We will co-manage your experience with the surgeon and will continue to care for you during your post-operative surgical care experience. Together with our co-managing doctors, we will provide the highest quality of care for our shared patients.
Age-related macular degeneration is the most common type of macular degeneration, and is most common for adults over the age of 55. There may not be any signs you have macular degeneration until you have vision loss, so early detection during regular eye exams is invaluable.
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