Do you experience a distortion or blurring of images at all distances, nearby as well as far? You may
have astigmatism. Even if your vision is fairly sharp, headache, fatigue, squinting, and eye discomfort
or irritation may also be indicative of this condition.
Everyone gets cataracts with time. What is it? What does the surgery entail?
What is color deficiency? What causes it? How is it detected, and can it be cured?
Do you see two of whatever you are looking at, you may have a condition known as double vision,
also known as diplopia.
Flashes and Floaters
Do you occasionally see specks or thread-like strands drifting across your field of vision? Then when
you try to look at them, do they seem to dart away? If so, you are seeing what our optometrists call
spots or floaters. These can occurwith or without flashes of light. The may be an emergency.
Do you can see objects at a distance clearly but have trouble focusing well on objects close up? You
may be farsighted. Farsightedness or long-sightedness is often referred to by its medical names,
hypermetropia or hyperopia.
Lazy Eye: Amblyopia and Strabismus
Have you been told that you have a lazy eye? What is amblyopia and strabismus?
What can I do if my vision cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery? Low vision equipment
may be the answer.
Do you see objects nearby with no problem, but reading road signs or making out the writing on the board at
school is more difficult? You may be near- or shortsighted.
Are your arms not long enough? Do you have problems reading material nearby, but the words snap back into
sharp focus when the book is held further? This may be the first sign of presbyopia.