There are many different types of vision problems that could be affecting your eyesight. We will highlight four of the most common causes of impaired vision. These, along with many other vision impairments, can be treated with care and precision by our doctors.
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- Myopia Management
Here’s a concise guide to some of the most common vision problems treated by Vision Source doctors.
Astigmatism is an uneven or irregular curvature of the cornea or lens, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Other symptoms of astigmatism include the need to squint, eye strain from squinting, headaches and eye fatigue.
In reality, most people have some degree of astigmatism, which is usually present at birth and is believed to be hereditary. In minor cases, treatment may not be required but is certainly beneficial. Moderate to severe astigmatism can be treated with corrective eyewear or LASIK surgery.
If you are mildly farsighted, our doctors may not recommend corrective treatment at all. However, if you are moderately or severely hyperopic, you may have several treatment options available, including eyeglasses, contacts, LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Our doctors will help you determine the best treatment option for you.
Nearsightedness, medically known as myopia, refers to vision that is good at close range but not at a distance. It generally occurs because the eyeball is too “long” as measured from front to back.
Nearsightedness is diagnosed during routine eye exams and possible treatments include eyeglasses, contacts, acrylic corneal implants, LASIK, radial keratotomy (RK) and photorefractive keratotomy (PRK).
Myopia Management: Myopia has reached epidemic proportions; it currently affects 30 percent of the U.S. population and 50 percent of the world’s population will be myopic by the year 2050. While the exact cause of myopia is unknown, there is significant evidence that many people inherit myopia or have an ethnic predisposition to develop myopia. If one or both parents are nearsighted, there is an increased chance their children will be nearsighted. It has also been established that eye growth is significantly influenced by the visual environment. It is important to encourage healthy visual habits such as spending more time outdoors and reducing near work demand to delay myopia onset or reduce myopia progression. Our practice is proud to offer myopia management services; by incorporating the latest evidence-based knowledge, our doctors use individualized assessment and treatment plans for our affected or at-risk patients. The goal is to keep myopia from progressing, reducing the lifelong risk of potentially blinding eye diseases.
Aging eyes, medically known as presbyopia, is a condition in which the lens of the eye gradually loses its flexibility, making it harder to focus clearly on close objects such as printed words. Distance vision, on the other hand, is usually not affected.
Unfortunately, presbyopia is an inevitable part of aging and cannot be prevented by diet, lifestyle or visual habits. However, it is treatable with several types of corrective lenses, including progressives, bifocals and trifocals, single-vision reading glasses, multifocal contact lenses and monovision therapy.
Professional Eye Care Center a Vision Source member will work with you to diagnose your vision problem and suggest the best treatment option for your eyes.