What are Refractive Errors?
In a healthy human eye, light enters through the cornea or clear front window of the eye and the cornea refracts (bends) the light so that it passes through the pupil and then the eye's natural crystalline lens. In an eye with perfect vision, the light rays focus on the retina and a clear picture is transmitted to the brain through the optic nerve. A refractive error, such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, or presbyopia (age-related farsightedness), happens when light is not bending and focusing on the back of the retina to produce a clear picture. Refractive errors are common and can affect patients of all ages.
How are refractive errors treated?
Refractive errors are often treated with corrective lenses, and Clewner & Kelly Eye Center offers a wide variety of contacts and glasses to suit your lifestyle, needs, and budget in our optical shop. For patients who desire to eliminate or reduce their dependence on corrective lenses, our full-service ophthalmology center offers refractive surgery to improve vision. Refractive surgeries correct refractive errors either by reshaping the cornea or inserting an artificial lens into the eye. Schedule a refractive surgery consultation at our center in Boca Raton, FL, and our eye surgeons will conduct corneal mapping to determine the best refractive surgery to meet your individual needs.
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Refractive Error FAQ
What causes a refractive error?
A refractive error is caused by the inability of your eye to correctly reflect light. When you have a mismatch between the lens and cornea of your eye and the overall length of your eyeball, it causes this refractive error. It is a common error that has a variety of treatments.
What are the symptoms of a refractive error?
Symptoms of a refractive error can include blurred vision, headaches, and any eye strain or squinting. If you have difficulty reading or have double vision, this could also be a sign. It is important to talk with our eye doctors at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center any time you notice a difference in your vision.
Can surgery fix a refractive error?
A refractive error can be fixed with eyeglasses, contact lenses, and different types of surgery. Corrective surgery is possible for some patients, which could include intraocular lens implants (IOL). For more information on if surgery will work for you, schedule an appointment in our office today.
Will insurance cover treatment?
Not all health insurance will fully cover the cost of refractive eye surgery. However, some insurance companies will cover some of the costs of treatments, eyeglasses, and eye exams. At our office, we'll be able to review the details about your insurance policy to ensure you are fully informed about what is covered and what isn't.
Live With sharp, Clear Vision
Your eyesight is an important asset to your overall quality of life, and an experienced ophthalmologist can offer innovative solutions to improve your vision. Whether you choose to wear corrective lenses or elect to try refractive surgery, our friendly team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center is here to help. Contact our center in Boca Raton, FL to schedule a consultation, and live life with clear vision.