Myopia, Hyperopia, Presbyopia, & Astigmatism

Over 50% of Americans wear some type of prescription eye wear, so updating your glasses or contact lenses is the most common reason for visiting an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The natural shape of your eye or cornea may not allow for 20/20 vision, but the following conditions can typically be corrected with glasses or contact lenses:

  • Myopia (near-sighted): Difficulty viewing distant objects.
  • Hyperopia (far-sighted): Difficulty viewing near objects, such as newspaper print.
  • Presbyopia: Between ages 40-50, your natural lens loses its flexibility to move its focus between near and far objects. Eventually it may be difficult to read small print, like words in books or on your computer screen. Bi-focal glasses and contact lenses can help you see both small print and at a distance.
  • Astigmatism: While myopia and hyperopia result from eyes that are too long or short, astigmatism results from an uneven cornea surface, which results in distorted images. Most patients with astigmatism


The following videos provide an overview of the conditions described above.

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