Corrective Lenses

Vision problems can be frustrating, scary, and dangerous. If you suffer from blurry vision, eye pain, headaches, flashes, floating spots, or any sudden changes in your vision, you might have an eye disorder that can be treated with corrective lenses. At Urban Eyecare, we have years of experience prescribing corrective lenses to residents of West Des Moines, IA, and the surrounding areas


What Are Corrective Lenses?

Most eye issues are caused due to errors in the light’s journey through your cornea and lens to your retina. Corrective lenses are designed to bend light so it properly travels to your retina. How exactly this is accomplished depends on the issue the corrective lenses are treating.

Common Eye Problems

Some of the most common issues that corrective lenses treat include the following:

  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism is when the eye does not focus light evenly due to an irregularly curved cornea.
  • Myopia: Myopia is when a person can only see objects that are close to the eye. It is typically caused because either the cornea is too curved or if the eyeball is too long, both of which prevent the light from focusing properly. Myopia is also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness.
  • Presbyopia: Presbyopia usually happens because the eyeball is too short, and the eye has trouble focusing quickly. It is also known as farsightedness.
  • Cataracts: Cataracts are a condition in which your eye’s lens becomes cloudy, leading to blurred vision. Cataracts cannot be entirely treated by corrective lenses, though lenses can help alleviate blurriness.

Types of Corrective Lenses

Corrective lenses typically come in two forms: glasses and contact lenses.  There are four basic types of glasses:

  • Monofocal: These allow the wearer to see both near and far with only one focal point.
  • Bifocal: Bifocals have two separate focal points for seeing near and far. They are recognizable by the lines on the lenses separating the two.
  • Trifocal: Trifocal lenses have three focal points so the wearer can see far away, mid-range, and close distances.
  • Progressive: Progressive lenses work the same as bifocals and trifocals with a more transitional view as opposed to stark contrast and visible lines.

Contact Lenses

Some people with eye issues have no trouble wearing contact lenses. Contact lenses are more effective than eyeglasses in addressing certain conditions. Our eye doctor can help you determine if contact lenses suit you better than eyeglasses.

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For more information regarding corrective lenses or to schedule an appointment, call us at (515) 223-1000.


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