Imagine a Life Without Blurry Vision
People who have clear vision may take for granted their ability to see without some type of visual aid such as glasses or contact lenses. They are able to wake up, see clearly, go about their day and then fall asleep without any visual hassles. You will have clear vision if you have a normal shaped cornea (emmetropia).
However, if you have a refractive error, you may have blurry vision the minute you open your eyes in the morning until you close your eyes at night. Refractive errors are caused when your cornea is not the ideal shape so light entering the eyes cannot focus properly on the retina (the back of the eye). There are three types of refractive errors that can be corrected with LASIK in Grand Rapids and Hibbing.
- Nearsightedness (myopia): the cornea is too steep so visual images are focused in front of the retina. This causes blurry distance vision.
- Farsightedness (hyperopia): the cornea is too flat so visual images are focused behind the retina. You will be able to see objects at a distance, but will have trouble focusing on objects up close.
- Astigmatism: the cornea is curved more in one direction than another (often due to a football-shaped cornea, rather than round like a basketball) so visual images at all distances will not be focused properly. This may also lead to eye strain and headaches.
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Over Age 40? You May Have a Different Condition.
Starting around age 40, some people think they are developing farsightedness because up close images start becoming increasingly blurry. Actually, this is often the condition of presbyopia. Instead of a refractive error, this condition is caused when the lens of the eye loses its flexibility. This makes it harder to focus on menus, labels, books, etc., unless you have reading glasses, better lighting or bifocals. While traditional LASIK is not performed to correct presbyopia, Dr. Mariano may suggest monovision LASIK where one eye is treated for distance vision and one eye is treated for up-close vision so you have a full range of vision.
We’d Love to Tell You More About LASIK
Simply having a refractive error does not automatically make you a candidate for LASIK vision correction. It is necessary to have your unique eye health and vision characteristics assessed by our team to make sure this will be a safe and effective procedure for you. The best results are only achievable when Dr. Mariano has done his due diligence in assessing your eye health first.
We invite you to schedule a free LASIK screening today to confirm your candidacy, get your questions answered and show you why so many people trust our team to enhance their vision.