Here is a guide to some of the most common vision problems treated at Blanco EyeWorks in San Antonio.
The four most common causes of impaired vision are Astigmatism, Hyperopia, Myopia, and Presbyopia. Blanco Eyeworks is an expert at treating these impairments, as well as many other eye impairments with accuracy and while providing the best care for each patient.
Astigmatism is a common condition that causes blurry vision. It is an irregular curvature of the cornea or lens. Astigmatism symptoms progress slowly, which is why you should schedule an eye exam if you notice changes or have symptoms such as the need to squint, eye strain from squinting, headaches, and eye fatigue.
It is common for people to have some degree of astigmatism. It is usually present at birth and is believed to be hereditary. Moderate to severe astigmatism can be treated with corrective eyewear or LASIK surgery.
Farsightedness, which is medically known as Hyperopia, refers to vision that is good at a distance and not at close range. It affects a fourth of the population, and some people may not notice it, especially in our youth. Hyperopia or Farsightedness develops when an eye has a cornea that is too flat or is shorter than a normal eye. Symptoms of Hyperopia include blurry vision while looking at objects up close, squinting to see, aching, or burning around your eyes and headaches.
If you are mildly farsighted, your eye care provider 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). Blanco EyeWorks will determine the best treatment option for you.
Myopia is the most common cause of impaired vision in people under 40. Also known as Nearsightedness, is the opposite of Hyperopia and refers to vision that is good at close range but not at a distance. It generally occurs because the eyeball is too “long” and does not bend or refract light properly. Myopia tends to be genetic and may develop gradually or rapidly.
If your vision is impairing you from performing your everyday tasks, call Blanco Eyeworks for an eye exam. Treatments that we may recommend are eyeglasses, contacts, acrylic corneal implants, LASIK, radial keratotomy (RK), and photorefractive keratotomy (PRK).
Presbyopia (Aging Eyes)
Aging eyes happens to people when we reach middle age. It is common to experience loss of your near vision as you hit middle age. Aging eyes or Presbyopia affects the lens of the eye, causing it to gradually lose its flexibility, making it harder to focus clearly on close objects such as printed words.
Unfortunately, Presbyopia is an inevitable part of aging and cannot be prevented by diet, lifestyle, or visual habits. Presbyopia or Aging Eyes is treatable with corrective lenses, including progressives, bifocals and trifocals, single-vision reading glasses, multifocal contact lenses, and monovision therapy.
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