We rely on our sense of sight for much of the information we absorb every day as well as for our ability to safely perform our day-to-day activities and to interact with the world around us. Developing a vision problem can result in not only significant quality-of-life issues but also in an increased risk for
Corrective lenses (eyeglasses or contacts) have been the traditional way to treat refractive errors like farsightedness. However, they are notoriously inconvenient, uncomfortable, and not easy to maintain. They can also be expensive, as you need to change them regularly. If you’ve been living with farsightedness (hyperopia) for a while now and you’re looking for a
If you’re living with a refractive vision problem (e.g., astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness), a refractive surgery could be a life-changing solution that can give you the freedom to do many things you previously couldn’t without reliance on corrective lenses. Read on to learn more about refractive surgery: what it is and why it could be
Myopia, also referred to as nearsightedness, is a common vision problem, which affects roughly 30 percent of the U.S. population. Myopia occurs when either the eyeball axis is too long or the clear front cover of the eye (cornea) is too curved, causing light rays to bend incorrectly. As a result, distant objects appear blurry.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)—a precursor of LASIK eye surgery—is done to treat mild to moderate refractive vision problems: astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. The main difference between the two procedures is that PRK involves removing only the outermost layer of the cornea (epithelium), which will naturally regenerate within several days. If you’re tired of wearing contacts or