Protecting Sight & Whole Body Health
Eye exams are a crucial part of caring for your health. Your eyes can often be a window into your whole body health. Vision symptoms can indicate larger health problems and help us determine options for prevention or treatment.
Our optometrists can help improve how well you see, but regular eye exams also provide an in-depth look at your eye health to protect your sight. Book an appointment with Valley Optometric Group today.
The most common vision problems are refractive errors, which include astigmatism, hyperopia, myopia, and presbyopia. Prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses can correct most refractive errors and allow for more comfortable vision. Your eye care provider at Valley Optometric Group can help determine the best treatment option for you.
Astigmatism is when the cornea or lens is irregularly or unevenly shaped. The cornea and lens help direct light, which is crucial for clear vision. Astigmatism results in blurry or distorted vision, and often occurs with other refractive errors like myopia or hyperopia.
It’s a common eye condition, and most people have some degree of astigmatism. Minor astigmatism may not show any symptoms. People with moderate to severe astigmatism may experience headaches and eye discomfort.
Hyperopia, or farsightedness, refers to a vision problem causing blurry up-close vision. People with hyperopia have difficulty reading or seeing close objects without treatment or corrective lenses. Although the symptoms are similar to presbyopia, the conditions have separate causes.
Farsightedness occurs when the eyeball is shorter than normal (measured from front to back) or the cornea has too little curvature. The reduced distance between the cornea and retina causes light to converge behind the retina, rather than on it.
Myopia or nearsightedness refers to a refractive error resulting in blurry distance vision. The condition is caused when the eyeball is too long (measured front to back) or the cornea is too steeply curved. Myopia affects nearly 30% of the US population.
Nearsightedness is commonly detected in school-age children, which is why regular children’s eye exams are crucial to supporting healthy visual development. Children with a higher risk of developing progressive myopia can benefit from myopia control, which are methods for slowing myopia and reducing symptoms.
Aging eyes experience changes, particularly as we reach our mid-40s. Presbyopia is a progressive vision problem related to aging. It’s caused by natural changes to your lens, resulting in blurry near vision. Although you can’t stop your lens from aging, you can treat the symptoms.
Some options include reading glasses, progressive lenses (glasses or contacts), multifocals/bifocals (glasses or contacts), or monovision therapy.
Visit Us for Regular Eye Exams
Eye exams are an important step in protecting your vision. Our team can answer your eye health questions, and work with you to find solutions that fit your lifestyle.
Valley Optometric Group is located on the corner of Kingswood Drive and Sylvan Avenue, right near Beyer Community Park.
If you’re having trouble finding our practice, please give us a call!
- 1401 Sylvan Ave
- Modesto, CA 95355
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: Closed
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
Closed: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM daily for lunch