Nearsightedness vs. Farsightedness & Treatment Options

shutterstock_298567226If you have been diagnosed with nearsightedness or farsightedness by your eyecare professional, it’s time to consider eye laser surgery in Orlando as the alternative to wearing glasses or contact lenses to be able to enjoy clear vision. Doc Brock and the amazing team at Magruder Laser Vision is here to evaluate, educate, and empower you as we introduce you to the phenomenal laser surgery options available to correct your vision. To determine which laser surgery options will work best for you, we need to explore the various diagnoses associated with vision problems.

  • Hyperopia: This is the medical term for farsightedness. People diagnosed with hyperopia can see things in the distance much better than they can see things up close. This diagnosis is associated with folks who have smaller eyes than the average population. Due to the shortened length of the eye, light that is being focused misses the retina and lands behind it, which results in distorted vision. Historically, glasses and contact lenses have been used to correct farsightedness, but due to tremendous advances in technology, LASIK, ICL, PRK and Refractive Lens Exchange surgery is now be used to refocus images from behind the retina onto the retina where they belong.
  • Myopia: Patients with myopia can see better up close, also known as having nearsightedness. The ability to focus on things in the distance is difficult. Myopia occurs in individuals who have larger eyes than the average population. Unlike hyperopia, the light entering the eye is focused on front of the retina instead of on the back of the retina where it should be. Patients have traditionally turned to wearing eye glasses and inserting contact lenses to achieve clearer vision. Laser refractive surgery is now a viable and the preferred treatment to correct and restore vision in patients with myopia.
  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a condition that may occur on its own or with the myopic or hyperopic eye. Where myopia and hyperopia are focal issues occurring in the back or front of the retina that cause blurry vision, patients with astigmatism experience distortion of vision because light is focused in several different directions. The eyes were designed to be smooth and spherical. Patients with astigmatism have eyes that are shaped similar to a football as their cornea is misshapen. Once again, glasses and contact lenses have been the “go to” fix for vision correction. They both serve by changing the way light is focused on the retina. The use of a laser in refractive surgery will help to change the shape of the cornea back to a more spherical object and allows the eye to function as designed.

There are many more options available today for correcting your nearsightedness or farsightedness, even for your astigmatism, than there were even 10 years ago. Doc Brock of  Magruder Laser Vision should be your first choice when considering eye laser surgery in Orlando. Call us at 407-843-5665 or contact us online, to schedule your consultation. We are Magruder Laser Vision — Correcting Eyes. Changing Lives.