A free consultation with one of our surgery counselors is the best way to learn which vision correction option is right for you.
Patients don’t always come to us with cataracts, keratoconus, or another eye disease. Sometimes they’re looking to be free of contacts and glasses. And while many patients will schedule an appointment to learn more about LASIK — it is the most recognized vision correction surgery — our ophthalmologists are capable of a full range of procedures that can accomplish the same glasses-free lifestyle you’re seeking.
That’s good news as some patients aren’t candidates for LASIK, but rest assured, our doctors will help you select a procedure that’s just right for your eyes and goals. Advanced technology has made vision correction an efficient, minimally invasive process. Many patients are surprised by how little downtime most of our procedures require.
Understanding Refractive Errors
Refractive errors are common and fall into three main categories: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. As its name implies, nearsightedness or myopia happens when you can see objects clearly at close range, but objects viewed at a distance appear blurry. Farsightedness or hyperopia is the opposite. This happens when objects at a distance are clear and those close up are blurry. In both conditions, the light rays that are supposed to be focused squarely on the retina are either focused in front of it (nearsighted) or behind it (farsighted).
Astigmatism happens when the eye is shaped like a football instead of a basketball. The change in shape also changes where light focuses and leads to blurred near and distance vision. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are all conditions that, in most cases, can be permanently corrected by our surgeons.
Normal Vision is the result of a cornea that is perfectly curved, which allows light entering the eye to properly focus images on the retina.
Nearsightedness occurs when the cornea curvature is too steep, which causes the eye to focus images in front of the retina. This results in blurry distance vision.
Farsightedness occurs when the cornea curvature is too flat, which causes the eye to focus images behind the retina. This results in blurry near vision.
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea has several curves (like a football), which can cause the eye to focus images in multiple locations. This can result in blurry and distorted vision at all distances.
Vision Correction Options
Vision correction is an exciting prospect — and not just for our patients. Our surgeons never tire of working with patients to select the best procedure for them and giving them vision they’ll love for years to come. Click the images below to learn more about the procedures we offer. Better yet, schedule your Free VIP Consultation today.