“What is the difference between hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia?”

“What is the difference between hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia?”

These four conditions are referred to as refractive errors.  Did you know that you can have 3 of these four refractive errors at the same time?  The terms describing the various vision conditions can be pretty confusing, especially when you are told that you have more than one of these!  Let’s break down each in turn and explain how they affect the way you see the world. First, let’s translate these words into English.  The suffix “-opia” is Greek for “of the eye”.  “Myo-...

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“What are my options if I have astigmatism?”

“What are my options if I have astigmatism?”

Cataract surgery is one of the most successful procedures.  It has become so precise over the years that it is now being used as a method to permanently correct vision.  People with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or presbyopia (the need to wear reading glasses) can have this procedure as an alternative to laser vision correction – even if they don’t have cataracts!  There is one other visual condition that patients often believe cannot be treated with cataract surgery, called astigm...

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