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Are glasses and corrective lenses the same thing?

Are glasses and corrective lenses the same thing?

Yes, but: Glasses are corrective lenses, but not all corrective lenses are glasses. Contact lenses would also fall into this description. You could even add intraocular lenses to the list if you were being comprehensive. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more


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What are the conditions that lead to needing corrective lenses or glasses?

The big 4: Nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and presbyopia (need for reading glasses) are usually corrected with corrective lenses. ...Read more

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How are people with glasses (corrective lenses) able to watch 3d movies?

How are people with glasses (corrective lenses) able to watch 3d movies?

Wearing 3D glasses: The 3d glasses can be slipped over the prescription glasses generally without difficulty. Some are very cheaply made from cardboard with thin plastic lenses, but flexible enough to be worn over glasses. ...Read more

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How do athletes wear contacts, glasses or any kind of corrective lens when playing?

How do athletes wear contacts, glasses or any kind of corrective lens when playing?

Common: Athletes rarely use glasses but some like them and use a protective eye shield. Contacts are common and function well. When they do this they always have a spare or two on the sidelines to replace any that might have been knocked out. These days it is common for them to have lasik surgery which avoids the whole issue. ...Read more

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Astigmatism might require corrective lenses or glasses. At what level of astigmatism would I need help?

Astigmatism might require corrective lenses or glasses. At what level of astigmatism would I need help?

When blurred: Astigmatism is very common -- almost everyone has a little bit. It simply means that the cornea is not perfectly round, but rather has one steeper and one flatter curvature (like the side of a football rather than a basketball). People with more than 0.75diopters of astigmatism usually notice that images are blurred without glasses or contacts. ...Read more

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Baby is 6 months and dr. Said that if has high grade astigmatism. How to improve or Cure it without corrective glasses?

Unusual case: What type of doctor made this diagnosis - I hope a pediatric ophthalmologist (not an optometrist). You should be seeing a pediatric ophthalmologist for a child this age. High astigmatism is very rare at this age and if it is indeed true, there are means to correct it but cure is not possible. ...Read more

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Are there any corrective procedures, besides glasses, for people born with nystagmus?

Are there any corrective procedures, besides glasses, for people born with nystagmus?

Nystagmus: The treatment should begin with correction of any refractive error. Amblyopia should be addressed as well. Other treatments include using gabapentin or baclofen. Better results with patients born with nystagmus. Contact lenses also can improve results. ...Read more

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How old do you need to be to get laser eye surgery? Do you need to be a certain age? My eyes are still changing and my vision is getting worse, but i'm interested in getting corrective surgery. How long do I need to wait after getting glasses?

How old do you need to be to get laser eye surgery? Do you need to be a certain age? My eyes are still changing and my vision is getting worse, but i'm interested in getting corrective surgery. How long do I need to wait after getting glasses?

The : The food and drug administration (fda) has approved laser vision correction after age 21. Should should definitely wait until at least that age, although some people's eyes change until their mid to late 20's. Make sure your vision is stable before proceeding. Your ophthalmologist should see you 2 years in a row to make sure that things are stable before performing laser vision correction. But again, i would wait until at least age 21. ...Read more

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Astigmitism and corrective procedures? I am near-sighted, and have worn glasses since high-school. I feel like my eyes are gradually getting worse. I really want to get lasik-eye surgery. However, i've been told that since i haveastigmitism, this procedur

Astigmitism and corrective procedures? I am near-sighted, and have worn glasses since high-school. I feel like my eyes are gradually getting worse. I really want to get lasik-eye surgery. However, i've been told that since i haveastigmitism, this procedur

Astigmatism ; LASIK: Lasik is a procedure that can definitely help patients with astigmatism, as long as the corneal topography shows a normal appearing cornea. So - can see your own doctor and get evaluated to see if you are eligible for lasik. ...Read more

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