Refractive Errors in Chesterfield, MO

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What are refractive errors?

Refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia (age-related vision loss), and astigmatism (abnormally shaped cornea) are common vision conditions that affect the eyes' ability to focus and see clearly. They occur when the shape of the eye prevents light from properly focusing on the retina. Common symptoms include blurry vision, eye strain, halos around bright lights, and chronic headaches, among others. At West County Ophthalmology, our vision professionals commonly treat many types of refractive errors and provide prescription lenses and surgical options to help improve a patient's vision. Contact us for an appointment at one of our two locations in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO to schedule an eye exam and discuss your treatment options.

What Are the Symptoms of Refractive Errors?

Refractive errors can cause a variety of symptoms that affect your daily life and vision quality. These symptoms often indicate the need for corrective lenses or other treatments. Common symptoms of refractive errors include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Discomfort or fatigue in the eyes, especially after prolonged activities.
  • Seeing rings or halos around lights, particularly at night
  • Chronic headaches
  • Squinting

How are refractive errors treated?

Refractive errors may require corrective lenses such as glasses or contacts to help patients experience their best vision. After our team measures your visual acuity and performs exams to assess your overall eye health, we can conduct tests with a phoropter to determine your needed prescription lens strength. Our professionals can then help you find the ideal lenses to fit your lifestyle needs and budget, whether glasses, contacts, or a combination of the two. After you are fitted for lenses, you can pick out frames for eyeglasses in our optical shop or choose from our wide variety of contact lenses. If you are interested in surgical options for treating your refractive errors, our ophthalmologists can discuss what you may be a candidate for, as well as the risks and benefits of refractive surgery.

Refractive Errors FAQ

How serious is a refractive error?
Refractive errors rank among the most frequent eye conditions. The impact of these disorders varies based on the symptoms they produce. In certain cases, they may result in the eye struggling to focus properly; in more severe instances, they can cause such significant blurring of vision that it may lead to visual impairment.

Do refractive errors hurt?
Although refractive errors don't cause pain, they can lead to irritation or discomfort, often manifesting as headaches, the need to squint frequently, or furrowing of the brow.

Does insurance cover refractive error treatment?
Not every health insurance policy provides full coverage for refractive eye surgery. However, certain insurers may offer partial coverage for treatment, eyeglasses, and eye examinations. We can review your insurance policy details, ensuring you have a clear understanding of what expenses are covered and what are not.

Improve Your Vision

Refractive errors can impact your vision and quality of life in several ways and make it challenging to navigate everyday tasks. Many patients with refractive errors experience symptoms, while others may not notice signs or symptoms at all. Since these conditions can develop at any age, screening for and treating refractive errors can help ensure your vision is as clear as possible. To learn more about refractive errors or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, contact West County Ophthalmology in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO. Our ophthalmologists provide eye and vision care for adults and pediatric patients. 

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