The optical system of the eye is responsible for how light focuses on the retina. If the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing properly, objects may appear blurry or out of focus. This problem is known as refractive error, and millions of people are affected by it. While there are many misconceptions about it, astigmatism is simply a form of refractive error. Just like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism can be easily fixed by glasses or contact lenses. Continue reading to learn more about astigmatism, and to debunk many of the usual misconceptions about this common form of refractive error.
Children rely heavily on their eyes and vision for learning and development. That’s why it is important for your child to have comprehensive eye examinations early in life, so you can be sure they are able to properly use their eyes to grow and develop. Pediatric eye exams can detect whether or not your child needs glasses, determine how well the eyes are working together and how effective the visual system is, and assess if there are any ocular diseases affecting the front or the back of the eye.
The idea of an “online eye exam” may sound very appealing; the convenience of receiving an updated prescription for new glasses, or even contact lenses, without ever leaving your home. New online services brag that by simply logging on to your computer, answering a few questions and completing an easy online task, an accurate prescription can be in your hands, signed by a doctor, in a matter of minutes. Sound convenient? Don’t be fooled – these online eye exams are far from the perfect solution for eye care.