Category Archives: Conditions

Children and Strabismus

By: Anthony Tangeman

Strabismus, also known as crossed eyes or wandering eyes, is a vision condition caused by a muscular imbalance in the eyes. This imbalance prevents both eyes from aligning properly in order to focus on an object. One eye, and sometimes both eyes, will turn away in some direction from the object. In the case where one eye turns away (unilateral strabismus,) one eye becomes dominant over the other. There are different types and degrees of strabismus. We will be focusing on what unilateral strabismus is, how to look for it, and the treatment options for it.

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Children and Amblyopia

By: Anthony Tangeman

Amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” is a common vision condition. Among children, it is more common than every other child vision problem combined and sometimes can be difficult to see. If left undetected and unattended it may cause permanent loss of vision. Because of this, it is important to understand what amblyopia is, what it does, and how it can be corrected.

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What Is Astigmatism?

By: Anthony Tangeman

Many people are frightened when their optician tells them they have astigmatism. While astigmatism is a fairly common vision condition, people often do not know what it actually is.

Astigmatism is one of the causes of blurry vision that occurs due to unequal curvature of the eye. Essentially, an eye with astigmatism is less perfectly round than one without it. An easy way to picture this condition is to imagine a baseball or basketball, both of which are perfectly round. Now picture an American football, which is egg-shaped. This egg shape is similar to an eye with astigmatism, except to a much lesser degree.

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3 Types of Vision Problems Glasses Can Solve

By Michael WalachBio

Our eyes allow us see by taking in light and processing it into signals to our brains. The light is refracted (bent) by the eyes in this process. If the refraction is not perfect, then our vision is impaired.

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Diagram of the Eye

There are three types of eye refraction errors:

  • myopia (nearsighted)
  • hyperopia (farsighted)
  • astigmatism (uneven refraction)

 

Myopia is where the eyes bend incoming light rays too much, causing nearby objects to be clear, but distant objects appear blurred. By wearing glasses, we move the eye’s focus point farther away, allowing us to see far away items more clearly.

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Symptoms of Child Vision Problem

By Michael WalachBio

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Vision problems with children can be broken into three types – mild, serious, and very serious. Here are the visible symptoms for each type.

Mild Problems: If you notice any of the symptoms below, you should mention it to your doctor on your next visit.

  • Head tilted – may be an indication that the child is avoiding double vision
  • Pupil defect – if part of the iris is missing, it may be an outward sign of a defect of the inside of the eye
  • Unequal pupils – may be a sign of nerve damage or tumor which is visible in one eye

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