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Vision Correction (Myopia, Hyperopia, Presbyopia, Astigmatism) - Northwest Arkansas*

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About Vision Correction

Whether you are searching for glasses or contacts, thinking about laser vision surgery, or looking to treat issues such as astigmatism, presbyopia or near/farsightedness, Vold Vision is a leader in advanced eye care. We achieve this everyday through our skilled and highly capable world-renowned eye surgeons, led by award-winning board-certified ophthalmologist and optometrist, Dr. Steven Vold. His pioneering contributions to the field enable our eye surgeons and staff to provide state-of-the-art care. Our vision correction procedures at Vold Vision offer life-changing solutions as we establish lasting relationships with patients to ensure every aspect of their vision health is a top priority.

Vision Correction Services

  • Nearsightedness (Myopia)

This is a very common issue people have with their eyes. The National Eye Institute has reported that myopia has exploded from affecting 25 percent of the United States population in 1971 to over 40 percent today. No one has ever identified a certain cause for the increase, however many eye doctors suspect it is related to increased computer use and other increased near-vision work and technology devices in which people are engaged. Regardless, people who are nearsighted will have difficulty reading roads signs and things in the distance, but still be able to clearly see objects up close. Symptoms include squinting, eye strain and headaches.

  • Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

This is such a common vision problem that about 25% of the US population struggles with it. People who are farsighted will have difficulty making out objects up close, but will have relatively minor issues making out distant objects like road signs and buildings. Farsighted people may get headaches and squint when working with tasks at close range.

  • Presbyopia

Presbyopia commonly starts around age 40. Common onset symptoms include not being able to read small type or suddenly realizing your computer or smartphone looks fuzzy. Over 2 billion people can’t escape presbyopia, even if they’ve never had vision problems before. The main issue with presbyopia is more emotional than physical since it’s a typical sign of aging that’s impossible to ignore. Since it’s an age-related condition, it is different from astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, which are due to the eyeball’s shape whereas presbyopia is from your eye lens getting thicker and less flexible.

  • Astigmatism

This is commonly the most misunderstood vision issue. Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is also due to refractive problems in the eye, which means it’s having a hard time focusing. Fortunately, this also means that an astigmatism is not an eye disease or eye health problem, but simply from light failing to come to a single point of focus on the retina. Since the eyeball is more oval than round, it causes vision to be blurry for both close-up and distance objects. There are three main types: myopic, hyperopic and mixed. Many children have this issue early on, so it’s recommended to schedule a Vold Vision 360-Eye Exam for your children as soon as possible to prevent further damage from an uncorrected astigmatism.

Vision Correction Treatment

If you’re suffering from any of the conditions above, a 360-Eye Exam at Vold Vision can help establish a treatment plan that may be remedied with glasses, contacts, or laser vision corrective surgery.

Glasses

Versions of eyeglasses go back to Hugh of Provence who was first recorded sporting a pair in 1350. Almost 700  years later, you can have your pick of the latest and greatest lenses and frames at Vold Vision’s beautiful, new, state-of-the-art Optical Shop. Glasses are more popular than ever, despite continual improvements in contact lenses and laser surgery. This is due in part to the fact that many frames are branded with popular designers. Eyeglass frames also continue to be made with lighter and stronger materials and new plastics and metals. Certain frames are highly flexible to reduce breakage and have spring hinges, which make them ideal for kids. The types of lenses vary, but include:

  • Aspheric: thinner with sharper peripheral vision
  • High-index: thinner and lighter with UV protection
  • Wavefront: sharper visual clarity from very precise measurements
  • Polycarbonate: 10x more impact resistant
  • Photochromatic: quickly darken in bright light
  • Polarized: dramatically reduce glare
  • Anti-reflective: dramatically reduce distracting lens reflections and glare
  • Other coatings: scratch resistant, anti-fog, UV-blocking

Additionally, multifocal and single vision lenses include:

  • Bifocals: two clearly defined zones for distance and up-close work.
  • Trifocals: three clearly defined zones for near, intermediate and far work
  • Progressive: allow focusing on an infinite number of distances
  • Variable focus: adjustable with a small dial to select any single focal distance
  • Reading glasses: single vision for close-up tasks  

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are an excellent choice for people who require some sort of vision correction, but for whatever reason, simply don’t want to wear glasses or have laser surgery. Contacts have become more popular than ever. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over 40 million people wear contacts. The first thing to decide in regard to contacts is what type of material to choose. Soft lenses, silicone hydrogel lenses, gas permeable lenses, hybrid lenses, and PMMA are the most common used today depending on your vision diagnosis. Until the late 70s, everyone took out their contacts and cleaned them every night until the introduction of extended wear lenses. These enabled users to wear them for up to a week without removal. Nevertheless, lenses should be replaced frequently to prevent the build-up of deposits and contaminants.

Laser Vision Correction

Advanced Laser Vision Correction is a procedure that corrects vision by reshaping the cornea using the precision of excimer laser technology. It is one of the most popular forms of vision correction due to its accuracy, safety, quick recovery time, wide range of correction and minimal discomfort. The entire procedure takes only a short time. Both eyes can be done the same day and no stitches or patches are necessary.

Advanced Laser Vision Correction can be a safe and effective procedure that, in the hands of a highly trained and experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Vold, can reduce and sometimes eliminate dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted and have astigmatism can benefit from Advanced Laser Vision Correction. Results are impressive. In fact, once your eyes have healed, it is not uncommon to see 20/15 (that’s better than 20/20) and enjoy life with more freedom from glasses and contact lenses.

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Your Choice for Clear Vision

Deciding on who to trust with your eyes is a big decision. Deciding if glasses, contacts, or laser surgery is the right choice is a determination that you and your Vold Vision eye doctor will decide together. Dr. Vold and his highly trained team of opticians will carefully help you find the best fit for your needs and tastes in our expanded Optical Shop, with a vast selection of eyeglasses, contact lenses, and designer frames and sunglasses. With their help, you will easily focus in on the most effective vision solution. In some cases, laser vision correction surgery is the answer and will surpass glasses and contacts to result in clear vision.

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