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    Understanding the Different Types of Refractive Errors and How They Can Be Treated

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    When you look at an object, light rays from that object move through your pupil, lens, and cornea to the back of your eye, where they are reflected on your retina. A refractive error occurs when there is a problem with the way the light rays are reflected. Refractive errors are very common and are behind many cases of vision impairment. Consider these facts about refractive errors and treatments, including laser eye surgery.

    Hyperopia is also called farsightedness. If you have this problem, close objects may appear blurry, though your distance vision may be fine. Hyperopia results when light rays focus behind the retina because the eye is unusually short. Hyperopia tends to peak in early childhood and decrease later. Glasses and contacts can help correct hyperopia, but laser surgery is more a reliable, long-term fix.

    Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a condition in which light rays don’t reach the retina and instead focus in front of it. This is usually because the eye is too long. With myopia, close objects can be seen clearly but objects in the distance look blurry. Myopia can appear at any age, but it usually comes on during childhood. It is often inherited and is common in people who were born prematurely. Myopia is progressive and usually worsens until it eventually stabilizes. Glasses and contacts are good treatments for myopia. Once the condition stabilizes, laser eye surgery can provide a more permanent solution.

    With astigmatism, both near and far objects appear blurry. Astigmatism is caused by a problem with the curvature of the cornea. For many years, glasses were the only effective treatment for astigmatism, but now contacts and laser eye surgery can help.

    Whatever your vision problem, let Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center help you see clearly again. We offer a range of eye surgeries, including LASIK. What is the right treatment for you? Make an appointment at our San Francisco office at (800) 733-7427 to find out.


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    A Look at Common Refractive Errors

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    If you wear glasses or contacts, chances are that you have a refractive error. With refractive errors, there is a problem with the way light rays are focused on the lenses. Refractive errors often result from a problem with the shape of the cornea or the distance between the cornea and lens.

    Watch this video to learn about four common refractive errors and what causes each. Myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia are all refractive errors that cause people to need glasses or contacts to correct their vision.

    If you have vision impairment caused by a refractive error, Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center can help. We can perform LASIK and other laser eye surgeries to restore your vision and resolve your need for glasses and contacts. Are you a good candidate for these procedures? Call our San Francisco laser eye surgery clinic today to find out. Learn more by dialing (800) 733-7427.


    Recovering from LASIK Surgery

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    Recovering from LASIK surgery is quick and easy for most patients. Most people are back to their normal activities within a few days. However, it’s important to stick to your doctor’s instructions so your recovery can be as seamless as possible. Ask any questions you have about recovery before your procedure so you’re prepared.

    Expect your vision to be cloudy for a few days after the surgery. You will need someone to drive you home from your LASIK procedure for this reason. Your doctor may place a patch over your eye to help keep dirt, debris, and excessive light out. Your doctor may also prescribe eye drops to control pain and infection. Avoid rubbing your eye until it is fully healed. Ask your doctor before swimming or wearing eye makeup.

    At Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center, we’re here to support you through every stage of your LASIK procedure. Call our San Francisco office at (800) 733-7427 with your LASIK questions or to schedule a consultation to see if LASIK is right for you. 

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