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Would you like a better vision? If so, you have several options that can help you achieve better vision today! Glasses have always been a go-to method for immediately allowing you better vision throughout the day or for specific activities such as reading. Technology has afforded the option of contact lenses as well, and there are countless options when it comes to choosing a pair that is right for you. Both glasses and contact lenses can be customized to fit your vision perfectly no matter if you have myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and more. If neither of these options appeals to you, we can offer you LASIK refractive surgery to fix your vision for good. You are in control of how you want your vision to be. Compare our popular options for better vision and see which one is right for you!
There are millions of people in the world that have vision problems. Some are unable to see at close distances and some are unable to see far away. Many people also have serious eye conditions that lead to blindness. Fortunately, most cases of visual problems can be related to nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. All of these are conditions that occur when light does not focus on the retina of the eye. For vision to be clear, light must focus right on the retina of the eye. See if one of these describes your symptoms:
Nearsightedness - This is also known as “short-sightedness” or “myopia”. Nearly 30% of the U.S. population has nearsightedness, meaning vision is clear only when objects are up close. Objects farther away will appear blurry or out of focus. This is because light from a distant object forms an image before it reaches the retina. This could be because the eye is too long or the cornea (or clear crystalline lens on the front of the eye) is too strong.
Farsightedness - This is the exact opposite of nearsightedness. Fewer people have farsightedness than nearsightedness, but it is still quite common. It also goes by the names of “hyperopia” or “hypermetropia”. These terms mean “long sight”, as the image of a nearby object is formed behind the retina of the eye instead of on it. This causes objects up close to be blurry, whereas objects farther away are clear.
Astigmatism - This is the optical term for more than one point of focus. In patients with astigmatism, the cornea of the eye is not spherical. In many cases, it is shaped more like a rugby ball. This can cause the eye to focus in two separate areas, causing the eye to be unable to focus a point or object clearly. Blurred or distorted vision is very common with astigmatism.
This list is not exhaustive of all the conditions that necessitate vision correction. However, all of these visual problems can be helped or corrected through glasses, contact lenses or LASIK eye surgery.
Glasses are perfect for patients who only need vision help here and there, or those who don’t want to mess with putting contacts in and out of the eye. Some patients may not be able to put a physical object in their eyes to help with vision, making glasses a perfect solution. Glasses have been around for centuries as a way to better vision in millions of people.
Technology allows us to find the exact lens that works best for your vision. Some patients will have very poor vision, while others will only need minor correction. Some patients also have different visual needs in each eye. With glasses, we can find your exact prescription and set it in a frame that fits your personality. Frames come in all shades and styles. We can tint them for you and customize them for the activities you participate in (such as biking). Others will physically notice your glasses, so you have the option to dress them up the way you want to really express yourself. You can’t do that as well with contact lenses.
For those who opt for something other than glasses, contact lenses are another go-to choice for better vision. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 40.9 million Americans ages 18 and older wear contacts. These consist of soft lenses that are placed directly in the eye and afford you better vision all day long. Patients who don’t like glasses or can’t wear them due to their job or other reason can use contacts. The color of the lenses can be customized and the prescription is made to match what your eye needs to see better. There are also different options for daily disposable contacts, reusable contacts, ones for astigmatism and multifocal lenses.
If you want to simply rid yourself of visual problems once and for all, consider investing in LASIK eye surgery. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are all examples of refractive errors of the eye, or how it focuses. There is refractive surgery meant to correct the eye’s visual imperfections, and that’s known as LASIK. LASIK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct the three most common refractive errors. The surgeon will make a thin flap in the cornea of the eye and then removes some corneal tissue underneath the flap. This changes the shape of the cornea, correcting your vision. LASIK is not an option for some patients but can be life-changing for those who receive it.
If you have blurry vision or problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, then you are a perfect candidate for glasses, contact lenses or LASIK! Technology has come incredibly far in years past, making correcting visual problems quite simple. Don’t go a single day without a better vision. To schedule your free consultation and learn more about the options you have, call our Optical Masters office today at (720) 782-2190!