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Common Vision Conditions

 

Visual acuity is an important part of eye health. At Offen Eye Associates, we check for the following vision conditions that can impair your visual acuity:

  • Myopia or Nearsightedness - Myopia is the inability to see distant objects. Squinting to view distant objects is one of the main indications of myopia. Corrective lenses such as eyeglasses or contact lenses may be prescribed to treat myopia.
  • Hyperopia or Farsightedness - Hyperopia is the inability to clearly focus on close objects such as a book or a newspaper. Blurred vision may occur, after straining to view nearby objects for a prolonged period of time. Corrective lenses such as eyeglasses or contact lenses may be prescribed to treat hyperopia. If you do not have other conditions such as astigmatism, the glasses may only be needed for reading or other close work.
  • Astigmatism - Astigmatism is the blurring or distortion of objects at all distances. Other symptoms of astigmatism are headaches, fatigue, squinting and eye discomfort. Corrective lenses such as eyeglasses or contact lenses may be prescribed to treat astigmatism.
  • Presbyopia - Presbyopia is a difficulty focusing on close objects. This condition usually occurs as the aging process sets in. The most common symptom of presbyopia is having to hold reading material further away. Other common symptoms are eye fatigue or headaches when doing close work such as reading. Corrective lenses such as bifocals, progressive lenses, reading glasses, bifocal contact lenses, monovision contact lenses, or distance contact lenses with reading glasses may be prescribed to treat presbyopia. - Floaters are fuzzy, linked spots that seem to float in a person's field of vision. Flashes are bright points of light that flash into the field of vision when the eyelids are closed. Flashes and floaters can be harmless or they can indicate a serious eye disorder. Although there is no treatment for these disorders, there is treatment for serious conditions, such as a retinal tear, which these conditions may uncover.
  • Flashes and Floaters - Floaters are fuzzy, linked spots that seem to float in a person's field of vision. Flashes are bright points of light that flash into the field of vision when the eyelids are closed. Flashes and floaters can be harmless or they can indicate a serious eye disorder. Although there is no treatment for these disorders, there is treatment for serious conditions, such as a retinal tear, which these conditions may uncover.

For more information on these conditions, contact Offen Eye Associates or visit the American Optometric Association.