If you have refractive vision problems and are considering undergoing LASIK eye surgery, then you’ll need to do your research to determine if you’re a candidate for this type of vision correction procedure.
In the following article, you’ll read about the common vision ailments that can be treated through LASIK eye surgery. However, be sure to speak with your ophthalmologist for an accurate decision on whether you’re a qualified candidate for this type of eye surgery.
According to the American Optometric Association, myopia refers to a type of vision impairment in which objects far away from the eye appear blurry or distorted. This condition is also known as nearsightedness. Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long or if the cornea was developed with an overextended curvature. These conditions prevent light from entering the eye normally, which inhibits the eye from focusing correctly on distant objects.
Hyperopia is the medical term for farsightedness. People suffering from this condition can generally see distant objects more clearly than objects that are close to the eye. For example, a person with hyperopia has an easy time reading street signs up ahead, but will have a hard time reading a book without a visual aid. Farsightedness occurs when light is focused behind the retina instead of directly on it. This condition appears when the eye is too short, the cornea lacks proper curvature, or the eye’s natural lens is positioned farther back in the eye than normal.
Astigmatism is a condition in which the curvature of the eye is cylindrical shaped. The eye is not too long or short, as is generally the case with the aforementioned conditions. Instead, there is an imperfection in the shape which, instead of causing nearsightedness or farsightedness, causes blurred vision.
If you’re suffering from any of these common vision ailments, get the surgical help you need by calling Eye Care Associates of St. Louis. Dr. Stephen Wexler specializes in LASIK eye surgery and uses a variety of methods to customize your treatment. To begin improving your vision, call (314) 863-4200 today.