Eye Care Specialties
Swagel Wootton Eye Institute provides a variety of services to help our patients see the world more clearly. Whether you have an astigmatism, hyperopia, Myopia, or are simply interested in sharper, better vision, we can help you achieve your goals. Get ready to enjoy the freedom and confidence that comes with healthier eyes.
Other Conditions We Treat
Someone with astigmatism has a cornea that is not symmetrical, which causes light to bend so that rays are not focused on a single point. Small amounts of astigmatism do not cause vision problems, as blinking can maintain curvature of the cornea, but when an astigmatism becomes pronounced, vision problems may occur.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent membrane covering the surface of the inner eyelid and the front of the eye. The conjunctiva has many small blood vessels and serves to lubricate and protect the eye while it moves in its socket.
Hyperopia, or farsightedness, refers to a condition in which distance vision is clear, but objects are blurry up close. Light reflected by the lens focuses behind the retina in someone who suffers from hyperopia. Many people with hyperopia complain of poor night vision and difficulty reading. Children often outgrow hyperopia at around the age of nine when the eye stops growing.
Myopia, or nearsightedness occurs when the cornea has too much curvature or the eyeball is too long, so light is not focused correctly. Images focus in front of the retina, causing vision to blur when looking at items far away. The condition usually presents in childhood and can deteriorate with age. In most cases, myopia can be managed with glasses or contact lenses, and the prescription will have a negative number, such as -2.50 with higher numbers indicating worse vision.
As we age, the lens of the eye loses flexibility. When that happens, the muscle surrounding the lens is unable to expand or contract making it difficult to bring close objects into focus. Most people begin to notice presbyopia around age 40 when they can no longer focus on reading material up close, causing them to hold the material further away to bring it into focus.
Uveitis is an inflammation of the uvea — the middle layer of tissue in the wall of the eye that includes the iris — that causes swelling and can destroy eye tissue. It can occur in one or both eyes, and its symptoms often appear suddenly and worsen quickly.
Floaters & Flashers
Flashers and floaters are both conditions that occur in the vitreous portion of the eye. The vitreous is the jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. On their own, flashers and floaters are not causes for alarm, but they may be symptoms of a more serious problem.