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What is Refractive Error?

So that we may see clearly, light rays entering our eyes must be bent or refracted by the cornea and the lens so that they can come into focus on the retina. The retina is the light-sensing layer of the back of our eye that receives the picture formed by these light rays and sends this image to the visual center of our brain by way of the optic nerve.

If you have a refractive error, this means that the shape of your eye is preventing your eye from refracting or bending the light properly. This results in your seeing an image that is blurred. Although we refer to refractive error as an eye condition or disorder, these are not diseases. Different types of refractive error include:

How is Refractive Error Corrected?

There is not adequate scientific evidence that eye exercises, vitamins, or pills can prevent or cure refractive errors. Eyeglasses and contact lenses are common methods for correcting refractive errors. As you have probably discovered though, glasses or contacts may not be convenient for your active lifestyle. For this reason, you may consider refractive surgery as an option to correct or improve your vision. Refractive surgical procedures are used to adjust your eye’s focusing ability by either reshaping the cornea or changing the eye’s refractive ability through the use of a lens that is placed inside the eye. Gulfcoast Eye Care offers all of the latest refractive surgery procedures available including:

There is no best method for correction of refractive error. The most appropriate method depends on your eyes and your lifestyle. Contact Gulfcoast Eye Care today to learn more about which option for correction your refractive error may be most effective for you, or to schedule a personalized consultation with one of our physicians.

Driving Directions

Our doctors proudly offer LASIK surgery and other eye care services to those traveling from nearby communities. For your convenience, we have provided driving directions from the following cities: