Common Terms Your Eye Doctor May Use and What They Mean

Eye doctors go to school for about 8 years where they gain a vast knowledge about the eye along with a large vocabulary of terms & jargon specific to eye care that they use in their daily practice & discussing with patients.  Some Eye Doctors talk to patients about eye care in easy-to-understand terms & others prefer using more scientific terms & jargon that can be confusing to many patients.  Let's face it, each profession has its own terminology and if you are not in the field, it is harder to understand when discussed with technical terms.  If you want to be able to understand what your Eye Doctor is talking about regarding your eye care, here are some of the most common terms your Eye Doctor may use & what they mean.


Contacts have come a long way technologically. There was once a time where those diagnosed with astigmatism were bound to wear glasses all their days. Thankfully, even those with astigmatism can enjoy the comfort and convenience of Contacts, but what exactly is astigmatism? When you look at the eye, the average person sees a sphere, but not all eyes are completely spherical. Some are an oval shaped, much like a football. The naked eye cannot see the difference, but your eye doctor will tell you that you have astigmatism due to the shape of your eye. It is nothing to be ashamed of and will not cause many issues, but you will have to employ Contacts prescribed specifically for those with astigmatism.


Your doctor can use this term but will more than likely use the term nearsightedness. It is simply used to say that the patient sees better up close rather than far away. Today’s Contacts come in a range of varieties to accommodate virtually every type of eye and if you are diagnosed with myopia, you might want to talk to your doctor about the need for multifocal Contacts. They are specially designed to adjust to sight distances.


At the other end of the spectrum from Myopia is Hyperopia. This condition is commonly known as farsightedness in that objects farther off are easier to see than those up close. Again, multifocal lenses will likely be the best solution for those experiencing hyperopia.


Focusing with both eyes is quite a challenge if you think of your eyes as individual entities. We as humans have this ability and it is an automatic response with sight. Your eye doctor will likely refer to this as Binocularity. It is simply put, the ability to see with both eyes and how they work together to provide pure vision.

Eye doctors can sometimes make it difficult to understand exactly what they are saying, but with these terms, you will better grasp your eye care professional’s vocabulary. Thankfully, at Lens Experts, we make it all easy for you to order! Once you are given your prescription, visit our Lens Experts website and choose from our ever-growing inventory of available Contacts in every type imaginable. Whether you require Multifocal Contact Lenses like DAILIES AquaComfort Plus MULTIFOCAL & Air Optix Aqua MULTIFOCAL or those that are specifically designed for Astigmatism including Air Optix for ASTIGMATISM & Extreme H2O 54% TORIC, we have what you are looking for.  Are your Contacts the right fit for you?

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