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Vision Problems

A concise guide to some of the most common vision problems treated at Basin EyeCare Center in Klamath Falls


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There are many different types of vision problems capable of affecting your eyesight. However, for the purposes of this guide, we will be focusing on four of the most common causes of impaired vision. These, along with many other vision impairments, are treated with care and precision by the eye care providers at Basin EyeCare Center in Klamath Falls.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is an uneven or irregular curvature of the cornea or lens, resulting in the following symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Distorted vision
  • The impulse to squint
  • Eye strain due to squinting
  • Headaches
  • Eye fatigue

Most people have some degree of astigmatism, which is usually present at birth and is believed to be hereditary.

In minor cases, treatment may not be required but is certainly beneficial. Moderate to severe astigmatism can be treated with corrective eyewear or refractive laser eye surgery.


Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Farsightedness, medically known as hyperopia, refers to vision that is clear at a distance but blurry at close range.

Hyperopia occurs when the eye is shorter than normal or the cornea has too little curvature. This reduces the distance between the cornea and retina, causing light to focus behind the retina instead of on the retina.

Typically in mild cases, your eye care provider will not recommend corrective treatment. However with moderate or severe hyperopia, correction is necessary and many treatment options are available.

  • Eyeglasses
  • Contacts lenses
  • Refractive laser eye surgery (LASIK, PRK, etc.)

Everyone’s eyes are unique, your eye care provider at Basin EyeCare Center will help you determine the best treatment options available to you.

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Nearsightedness, medically known as myopia, refers to vision that is good at close range but not at a distance. It generally occurs because the eyeball is too “long” as measured from front to back.

Nearsightedness is diagnosed during routine eye exams and possible treatments include eyeglasses, contacts, acrylic corneal implants, LASIK, radial keratotomy (RK) and photorefractive keratotomy (PRK). Your eye care provider will suggest the best treatment option for you.

Presbyopia (Aging Eyes)

Aging eyes, medically known as presbyopia, is a condition in which the lens of the eye gradually loses its flexibility, making it harder to focus clearly on close objects such as printed words. Distance vision, on the other hand, is usually not affected.

Unfortunately, presbyopia is an inevitable part of aging and cannot be prevented by diet, lifestyle or visual habits. However, it is treatable with several types of corrective lenses, including progressives, bifocals and trifocals, single-vision reading glasses, multi-focal contact lenses and mono-vision therapy.

Your eye care provider at Basin EyeCare Center will work with you to diagnose your vision problem and suggest the best treatment option for your eyes at our optometry office in Klamath Falls. For more information, schedule an appointment with Robert Creed, O.D. or Alex Hutzell O.D., and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.