Eye Problems

Preventing Vision Problems

Certain strategies can help prevent eye problems.

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Technological Advances

Eye care technology is a steadily evolving field.

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Common Eye Conditions

As light enters your eye, several things can happen to cause distorted vision. When light is unable to focus properly on the retina, this is called a refractive error. Following is a brief overview of the most common refractive error conditions, as well as eye problems that develop with aging.


Also known as myopia, this is the most common refractive error and results in distant objects being blurred. This typically happens when the eye is too long and light from distant objects focuses in front of, rather than on, the retina.

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Ophthalmologist Ophthalmologist:
Medical or osteopathic doctors (M.D.s or D.O.s) diagnose and treat eye diseases, prescribe medications and corrective lenses, and perform eye surgery.
or Optometrist? Optometrist:
Eye doctors (O.D.s) examine eyes for vision and health problems. They may prescribe corrective lenses, and in some states, they can prescribe medications and perform some eye care procedures.

Eye Emergencies

If you experience these, contact a doctor immediately.

Identifying Eye Health Risks

These factors link to a higher chance of vision problems.