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About Refractive Errors

Myopia (nearsightedness)

Myopia or nearsightedness is an eye condition that happens when the cornea is too steep or the eye too long. This means the light that enters the eye can’t focus correctly causing distant objects to appear blurry.

If you are nearsighted, you may be a candidate for a laser vision correction procedure. When you come in for a complimentary evaluation, you will have an in-depth eye exam. During the exam, the doctor will talk to you about your best options that may help with your specific condition.
If you would like to find out if LASIK is right for you, please call 800-760-4171 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Hyperopia (farsightedness)

Hyperopia or farsightedness is a condition where near and intermediate objects are blurry. In farsightedness, the eye is too short, which causes the light to focus past the retina. If your doctor says that you’re farsighted then you may be a candidate for a vision correction procedure. To find out if LASIK or another vision correction procedure is best for you, call 800-760-4171.

Presbyopia (need for reading glasses)

Presbyopia occurs when you lose the ability to see clearly when performing activities such as reading a newspaper, book, or menu. You will notice that presbyopia develops progressively so over time, your reading or near vision will continue to worsen and become blurry. Many people nickname presbyopia as the “long-arm” disease because they develop the need to hold reading materials further away. Eventually, this condition may also affect your intermediate vision (working at computers) as well. This eye condition usually happens in your mid-40s. This is a normal age-related process that everyone eventually experiences. You will need reading glasses or readers to help with this condition. Ask your doctor about possible treatments that address presbyopia!

If you want to stop worrying about fumbling with your reading glasses, then The Eye Institute of Utah has a few options that may be just perfect for you! We offer presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses such as ReSTOR, Toric and Tecnis MF to bring back the whole range of near vision. For more information on presbyopia correcting iols, click here. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our world renowned surgeons call 800-760-4171.


Astigmatism is a common eye condition due to an irregularly shaped cornea. The cornea should be a spherical shape, but with astigmatism, it is shaped like a football resulting in blurred vision or double images at all distances. Previously, people with high amounts of astigmatism or cylinder were not candidates for laser vision correction. However, with today’s technology, LASIK and PRK can be excellent procedures for people with astigmatism. The precise laser is able to reshape the cornea and restore crisp, clear vision.

If you know you have astigmatism or would like to know, call us at 800-760-4171 and find out what options are available for you.

It’s so nice not having to wear glasses or contacts, I hated them. I had a prescription of a -5.00, my glasses were pretty thick and I wore them for 30 years. I can see better now than I ever have before. I’m glad I chose The Eye Institute of Utah for my vision correction! Thanks again.
Russel, UT


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