Understanding Vision Conditions

At the Cataract & LASIK Center of Utah, Dr. Monroe and our staff can help you realize your dream of life without glasses or contacts. It all starts with understanding vision conditions. We are able to treat most types of refractive errors by offering advanced procedures such as LASIK, Visian ICL, MonoVision LASIK, PRK, and clear lens exchange. A free consultation will determine the most appropriate procedure for you.

Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness (Myopia) occurs when the cornea is too curved or the eye is too long. This causes light to focus in front of the retina, resulting in blurry distance vision.

Farsightedness

Farsightedness (Hyperopia) occurs when the cornea is too flat in relation to the length of the eye. This causes light to focus at a point beyond the retina, resulting in blurry close vision and sometimes blurry distance vision as well.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is shaped like a football (more curved in one direction than the other) and often occurs with nearsightedness or farsightedness. This causes light to focus in more than one point on the retina, resulting in blurry and distorted vision.

Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the natural aging process of the eye that affects everyone, usually starting around age 40. As we age, the natural lens in our eye loses flexibility, thereby decreasing the ability to focus on things up-close creating the need for reading glasses, bifocals, or even trifocals. Presbyopia is unlike nearsightedness and farsightedness, which are related to the length of your eye, and cannot be corrected by LASIK. However, we are proud to offer alternative options to reading glasses; MonoVision LASIK, Kamra and Raindrop near-vision inlays, and clear lens exchange with premium intraocular lenses (IOLs).

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