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If your vision is blurred, your eyes have been crossing, or you are having a hard time with reading, you may be suffering from a refractive eye error. These errors occur when light cannot be bent properly by the shape of your eye. As your Upper West Side eye care professional, Dr. Edwin M. Schottenstein can treat refractive eye errors.


Following a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Schottenstein will let you know which of the following refractive errors you are dealing with. Some common answers include:

  • Astigmatism – Commonly occurring at birth, astigmatism is a condition in which the cornea is curved irregularly. Rather than being near or farsighted, the vision would be blurry no matter the distance to the object.
  • Hyperopia – Also known as farsightedness, hyperopia is a condition in which a person sees clearly from a distance, but has blurred vision up close. The good news about this refractive error is that when occurring in children, the problem often improves and becomes permanently corrected.
  • Myopia – Otherwise referred to as nearsightedness, myopia is a condition in which the individual can see things up close, but has blurred vision from a distance. It appears to be genetic and is often present during childhood. Unlike hyperopia, myopia often gets worse as the individual gets older.

Presbyopia – As the eye’s lens ages, presbyopia can often occur. It is most commonly found in individuals over age 40, and can occur without prior vision errors.

What Are Typical Treatments?

The treatment for your refractive eye error will differ from the next person, which is why it is important to have an exam with Dr. Schottenstein. After he knows what type of issue you are dealing with, he can recommend treatment. It may include one or moreof the following:

  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Corrective surgery
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Have A Question? Contact Us Today!

To learn more about refractive errors, or to schedule your exam, contact your Chelsea ophthalmologist, Dr. Edwin M. Schottenstein, today.Call us at 212-874-2300 and let us get you back on track with improved vision. We look forward to hearing from you soon!