Charles Newcomer, OD
Regular eye examinations are important to assess the health of our eyes. Not only can we help address any changes in vision from conditions such as presbyopia, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but we can monitor for changes due to conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. We recommend eye examinations at least yearly to help monitor the health of your eyes.
Common Eye Conditions
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Jasper, Georgia 30143
- Nearsightedness (Myopia): Being nearsighted means objects up close can be clear but objects further in the distance will appear blurry. This is due to the refractive power of the eye is focused on objects up close. Glasses and contact lenses can help make distance vision much more clear
- Farsightedness (Hyperopia): A visual condition in which distance objects can usually be seen clearly, but near objects may be blurry. This condition usually requires glasses for near work. Near objects are more demanding to keep clear for these individuals, leading to increased eye fatigue when doing a lot of work up close.
- Astigmatism: A common condition which results from the unequal curvature of the surface of the eye. The unequal curvature causes the eye to irregularly focus light on the retina causing a blurred image to be formed. Glasses and contact lenses can help adjust this focus to form a clear image.
- Presbyopia: This condition occurs when the lens we have inside of our eye becomes less flexible and we lose some of the ability to focus our eyes. Presbyopia can make it more difficult to read small fine print, menus at restaurants and your phone screens. Prescription glasses or contact lenses and sometimes even over the counter readers can help read these smaller fonts.
-Cataracts: In the eye we have a lens which from birth is usually relatively clear. As we age this lens becomes less flexible and will start to become more and more hazy. This is a progressive condition which can worsen year to year. As the lens becomes more opacified it can lead to reduced visual acuity and increased sensitivity to glare.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome is a medical issue which has been becoming an increasingly recognized issue to our ocular health. Dry eye can be caused from a variety of different reasons, but mostly stems from an inadequate amount of tears or poor tear quality. Symptoms of dry eye include red, burning, itchy, gritty, watery eyes, and light sensitivity, and can even cause fluctuations in vision. Dry eye management can help alleviate these symptoms and improve your overall eye health.