Vision Conditions

vision conditions

We can diagnose and treat a number of visions conditions, from common to complex. In many cases, vision conditions can be easily treated with prescription glasses or contacts lenses.

Some of the many vision conditions we treat are:


Myopia

Patients with myopia, or nearsightedness, usually experience difficulty seeing distant objects like a movie or TV screen or chalkboard. A comprehensive optometric examination in our Richmond or Midlothian office will include testing for nearsightedness. Your Grove Eye Care optometrist can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses that correct nearsightedness by altering the way the light images enter your eyes. You may only need to wear them for certain activities, like watching TV or a movie or driving a car, or they may need to be worn for all activities.

Other treatment options include refractive surgery or laser procedures. Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is a non-invasive procedure that involves the wearing of a series of specially designed rigid contact lenses to progressively reshape the curvature of the cornea over time. The doctors at Grove Eye Care can determine the right treatment for you.

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Hyperopia

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a vision condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but closer objects do not come into proper focus. Farsightedness occurs when the eyeball is too short or the cornea has too little curvature, so light entering your eye is not focused correctly.

Common signs of farsightedness include difficulty in concentrating and maintaining a clear focus on near objects, eye strain, fatigue and/or headaches after close work, aching or burning eyes, irritability or nervousness after sustained concentration.

Common vision screenings, often done in schools, are generally ineffective in detecting farsightedness. Our comprehensive optometric examination will include testing for farsightedness.

In mild cases of farsightedness, your eyes may be able to compensate without corrective lenses. In other cases, your Grove Eye Care optometrist can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to optically correct farsightedness by altering the way the light enters your eyes. Contact us to get the right prescription for your eyes.

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​​​​​​​Astigmatism

Astigmatism causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light-sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.

Astigmatism is a very common vision condition. Most people have some degree of astigmatism. Slight amounts of astigmatism usually do not affect vision and may not require treatment. However, larger amounts cause distorted or blurred vision, eye discomfort, and headaches. Glasses, contacts or laser vision correction are generally effective at treating astigmatism.

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Floaters

Floaters are small, semi-transparent or cloudy specks or particles within the vitreous, which is the clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eyes. They appear as specks of various shapes and sizes, threadlike strands or cobwebs. Because they are within your eyes, they move as your eyes move and seem to dart away when you try to look at them directly.

Most floaters are not harmful and rarely limit vision. However, floaters can be indications of more serious problems. You should see your Grove Eye Care optometrist for a comprehensive examination, especially if you notice sudden changes or see increases in spots so we can determine if what you are seeing is harmless or the symptom of a more serious problem.

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Low Vision

Low vision is when you have lost a certain amount of eyesight. With low vision, it is hard or impossible to do many of your normal tasks.

Sometimes low vision can be improved with medication, surgery, eyeglasses or other options. If your low vision cannot be improved, there are ways to adapt. You can learn new ways to make the most of the vision you do have.

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Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of digital screen use.

The average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home. To help alleviate digital eye strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule; take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

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