Our Washington DC optometrist sometimes sees patients with a physiologically normally functioning eye, but vision-related issues. These may be related to environmental factors or neurological function. The best eye doctors in DC will tell you that sight is affected by many factors, mostly the eye and the brain. Whatever the case, our Washington DC optometrist can help with your vision problems. Below we will discuss a few of the vision disorders we frequently diagnose, assess, and treat:
- Visual disturbances– Visual disturbances vary in kind and cause, and may be neurological or physiological. They may be temporary or permanent and most commonly include blurry vision, double vision (diplopia), partial or total blindness and color blindness, among the most common.
- Astigmatism- Likenear and farsightedness, astigmatism is due to improper refraction of light. The top optometrist Washington, DC can offer can correct it using many of the same treatments. Astigmatism is usually due to a cornea that does not curve properly (corneal astigmatism) or a misshapen lens (lenticular astigmatism).
- Nearsightedness– Also known as myopia, nearsightedness affects almost 30% of Americans. Fortunately, it is very treatable and very familiar to any practicing eyecare professional. Nearsighted patients frequently wear corrective lenses to counter the effects of nearsightedness. LASIK surgery may also be an option for those with myopia. Nearsightedness occurs when the retina does not properly refract light, distorting faraway images in the process. If objects near to you are clear, but those further away are blurry, you may be nearsighted. Often myopia is caused by the shape of the eye: the eyeball may be slightly too long or the cornea too round.
- Farsightedness- Farsightedness is also known as hyperopia. Contrary to nearsightedness, faraway images are clear while closed images become blurred. This is due to a hindered ability to properly focus light. Focusing light is the responsibility of the cornea and the lens, which refract light onto the retina at the back of the eyeball. A too short eyeball, or a cornea that is more flat than curved, can cause farsightedness. Laser refractive surgery, contacts, and glasses are all excellent treatment options for this.
These are just a few of the disorders our Washington DC optometrist frequently diagnoses and treats. Even if you feel that your sight is functioning normally, it is good to have regular vision tests from a licensed optometrist in Washington DC. And if you are experiencing any unusual strain or difficulty with your vision, please call the top optometrist Washington, DC has, today!