As we age, even those of us with the best eyesight need regular examinations and eye health screenings. Many eye conditions unique to seniors are preventable if caught early. At 20/20 EyeCare we use the most up-to-date technology to diagnose and treat eye conditions in the earliest stages, preventing further deterioration of your vision. Below we’ve outlined detailed descriptions about common eye conditions, learn more and please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Common Eye Conditions
Symptoms of Myopia
- Blurry distance vision
Prescription glasses and contact lenses are the most common treatments. However, there are a number of surgical vision correction procedures that can reduce or eliminate myopia.
Symptoms of Hyperopia
- Objects in the distance appear clearly
- Blurry close vision
- Occasionally, blurry distance vision
Prescription glasses and contact lenses are the most common treatments. However, there are a number of surgical vision correction procedures that can reduce or eliminate hyperopia.
Symptoms of Astigmatism
- Blurry, distorted vision at all distances
Prescription glasses and contact lenses are the most common treatments. However, there are a number of surgical vision correction procedures that can reduce or eliminate astigmatism.
Symptoms of Presbyopia
- Blurry close vision that starts after age 40
- Difficulty adjusting focus when switching from near to distance vision
- Eye fatigue along with headaches when doing close work
Reading glasses and contact lenses are the most common treatments. Some patients experience success with LASIK to create monovision. This allows them to see distance clearly in one eye and close-up clearly with the other eye.
Is there Corrective Eye Surgery for Youthful Vision?
As we age, so do our eyes. After time, we may find that it is harder to see while driving at night or suddenly find ourselves needing glasses to read the newspaper. These are gradual changes that occur as a result of the effects that aging has on the natural lens of the eye. This affects the ability of the eye to focus on near objects, a condition known as presbyopia. Although presbyopia cannot be prevented, our Western Slope Lasik Center, conveniently located in the 20/20 office, can offer corrective eye surgery treatments performed by Dr. Lawrence Spivack to address the blurred vision caused by presbyopia and help patients restore the clear vision of their youth.
In an effort to delay the need for reading glasses, some patients with presbyopia consider monovision treatment here at 20/20 EyeCare. Monovision allows the eyes to work with the visual portion of the brain. While the eyes work together, the dominant distance eye captures most distance vision. The other eye, the dominant reading eye, captures closer vision. Most people have different prescription requirements in each eye for this very reason.
Which Eye Is Your Dominant Distance Eye? Outstretch your arms, overlap your hands (palms out, fingers up, thumb to thumb) and make a small open triangle with your hands. Look around the room and find an object across the room to focus on (e.g., a light switch). Place the visual object in the center of the triangle. While keeping your arms steady, close your right eye. Did the object disappear or stay in the center of your triangle? Try again by closing just your left eye. Your dominant distance eye is the eye that held the object in the center of your triangle.
After Monovision Treatment: Although monovision allows individuals to do most normal tasks at a close distance, they may still need to wear reading glasses for prolonged work or for reading very small print. They may also find it is more comfortable to drive at night with a pair of glasses.