Vision Problems Specialist

Whitson Vision

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists located in Avon, IN & Indianapolis, IN

It’s easy to take good eyesight for granted, that is until you develop a condition that leads to vision problems. If you’re like many Americans, you’ll face some type of vision problem in your lifetime, and when you do, Alicia R. Grove, OD, and the expert eye team at Whitson Vision in Indianapolis and Avon, Indiana, can provide solutions. From refractive errors to glaucoma and other common vision conditions, patients of all ages receive state-of-the-art treatment and benefit from the best technology for correcting vision problems. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Vision Problems Q & A

What are some common vision problems?

Some of the most common vision problems include:

  • Refractive errors
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Dry eye syndrome

Many vision problems occur as part of the aging process, while others are inherited or the result of an existing health condition.

What are refractive errors?

Refractive errors occur due to your eyes’ inability to bend light correctly to interpret images. Your eyeball, cornea, and lens must all be ideally shaped to be able to refract or bend, light so it lands perfectly on your retina. Your retina interprets the images you see and sends that information to your brain through the optic nerve.

When the light you see doesn’t refract and land where it should on your retina, you have trouble seeing up close, far away, or both. The most common refractive errors include:

  • Astigmatism: light is unevenly distributed on the surface of your retina
  • Myopia (nearsightedness): light fall short in front of your retina
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness): light falls beyond your retina
  • Presbyopia: age-related difficulty seeing up close because light overreaches your retina

Refractive errors can occur at any age, and can generally be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery.

When should I see an eye doctor for vision problems?

The best way to maintain optimal vision and eye health is to have annual eye exams before age 18 and after age 65, and every two years in between. If you have a medical eye condition that requires more frequent attention, Dr. Grove advises you regarding an ideal exam schedule. Additionally, if you notice any of the following signs or changes to your vision or eye health, you should make an appointment for an eye exam:

  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble focusing up close or far away
  • Red, itchy, irritated eyes
  • Cloudy vision or dark spots in your field of sight
  • Halos around lights
  • Headaches or eye pain
  • Vision loss

If you’re diabetic, you’re more susceptible to damage of the blood vessels in your retina, a condition known as diabetic retinopathy. The best way to avoid this vision problem is to keep your diabetes under control. Dr. Grove conducts an eye exam that’s specifically for people with diabetes. Proper eye care can decrease potential complications as a result of diabetes.

To learn more about preventing vision problems or ways to manage and correct existing ones, call Whitson Vision or use online booking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Grove today.