We all want the clearest, sharpest vision possible so if we start to experience blurry or distorted vision we not only want to know why but how to stop it. A visit to our Hurricane Eye Doctor, David R. Albrecht, O.D., will start the process with a complete exam, opening up the lines of communication so you will understand what is happening. Vision distortion is any type of damage that is affecting your ability to see. There can be many causes for distorted vision but usually, it’s a result of a refractive error which simply means that light focuses on some other spot then where it needs to be focused, which is the back of the retina. It sounds complicated but is actually rather simple in theory. Your nervous system and eye muscles work together inside your eye to create vision. Before it’s projected onto the retina in the back of the eye, light flows through your cornea and the pupil of your eyeball on to the lens. The retina converts light into electrical impulses that can be transmitted by the optic nerve to the brain. Basically, when the light is focused onto another area besides the back of the retina, distorted, blurry or cloudy vision will occur.
Among the many vision problems that will prompt you to see your local Hurricane eye doctor at Eye Town, astigmatism is another type of vision distortion where the cornea is unevenly shaped and causes the entering light to be focused at different depths. This can be treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Among the more serious causes of distorted vision is macular degeneration which can occur with age. Dr. Albrecht at Eye Town will encourage treatment for macular degeneration as it can cause loss of central vision or worse. A variety of minor to serious diseases and conditions can lead to vision distortion such as infection, certain medications, head injury, and some cancers. Depending on the cause, vision distortion can be temporary, occasional, long lasting, or permanent.
Our Hurricane Eye Doctor continues to recommend regular eye exams, encouraging early detection of any eye disorders. It’s better to be safe and know what’s causing your distorted vision since the cause can be as simple as wearing the wrong glasses or a normal sign of aging to something more life threatening that would need treatment right away. Dr. Albrecht and his well-educated team will take the time to learn the details of each patient, their needs and best treatment options.