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Most eye diseases and vision problems are chronic, i.e., they worsen over time. Even though most vision problems are treatable with advanced techniques and technologies, it’s still better to address them at the earliest stage possible. Our exceptional optometrists in Rancho Santa Margarita administer regular eye exams that look for the earliest warning signs of vision problems and then treat them before they can damage your ocular health.

Refractive Errors

Refractive errors are the most common type of vision problems. The term “refractive errors” refers to a wide range of problems causing blurry vision. Refractive errors occur when the lenses of your eyes (cornea) fail to bend light correctly, producing blurry images. Most people wear glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors, but you may also seek Lasik to surgically reshape your corneas and restore optimal 20/20 vision. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, you’ll also need to go for annual eye exams to update your prescriptions.

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Types of Refractive Errors

  • Myopia: People suffering from myopia (aka “nearsightedness”) can see objects close to their field of vision clearly, but distant objects appear blurry.
  • Hyperopia: People suffering from hyperopia (aka “farsightedness”) can see faraway objects clearly, but objects close to their field of vision appear blurry.
  • Astigmatism: People suffering from astigmatism experience blurry and distorted vision regardless of the distance. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea has an irregular and wavy shape.
  • Presbyopia: People suffering from presbyopia experience blurriness in the near field of vision. However, presbyopia mostly afflicts patients over 40 years of age due to the gradual hardening of the cornea.

Signs & Symptoms of Vision Problems

Refractive errors are the most common and treatable vision problems, but they aren’t the only ones. Besides refractive errors, our optometrists in Rancho Santa Margarita also diagnose and treat various other vision problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetes retinopathy, and many more.

While all vision problems can be treated, early diagnostics is crucial to maintaining your overall eye health. If these vision problems are left untreated, they may severely damage your vision, potentially causing permanent blindness. During our eye exams, we identify and treat eye conditions at the earliest stage possible to prevent them from afflicting serious damage.

You must immediately contact your optometrist in Rancho Santa Margarita if you notice the following signs and symptoms of vision problems:

  • Severe eye pain
  • Recurrent eye pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Flashes of light in your vision
  • Floating “spider webs” in your vision
  • The sensation of a curtain coming down on an eye
  • Painful sensitivity to light
  • Swollen or red eyes
  • Itching or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Sudden changes in vision
  • White spots on the pupils of the eye
  • Cloudy vision
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Treating Your Vision Problems in Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita believes in treating possible eye conditions and vision problems even before you notice the initial signs and symptoms. We provide extremely advanced and comprehensive eye exams that evaluate your eyesight quality, visual acuity, and look for signs of vision problems. We carefully identify the root cause of your vision problems and provide relevant and highly-curated treatments for your specific needs. If you want to retain optimal vision for a lifetime, schedule your annual eye exams in Rancho Santa Margarita Optometry starting today.

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COVID-19 Update:

Dear Patient,
We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Public Health has given us permission to resume full scope eye care, including preventative care and postponed exams.

At Total Vision Care, the health of our patients, doctors, and associates is our top priority. We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our community.

Health and safety protocols we are taking:

  • All visits are by appointment to ensure social distancing. This includes picking up of glasses/contact lenses, adjustments on glasses, and ordering new products.
  • Patients are asked to arrive to their appointment alone and notify us from your vehicle once you arrive (a parent/guardian may accompany a minor and a family member/caretaker may assist a senior). Please call the office and someone will greet you at the door.
  • Prior to your entry a team member will take your temperature, provide you with hand sanitizer and ask you a series of questions regarding your health and possible COVID-19 exposure. Our team members are all subject to these same screening protocols.
  • All doctors, associates, and patients must wear masks.
  • Our team sterilizes all equipment and surfaces after every patient and disinfects all frames prior to placing them back on display.

What we ask of patients:

  • If you have any of the following symptoms, you must reschedule your appointment for a future date: Fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, gastro-intestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pains), recent loss of smell or taste.
  • Please bring a mask which must be worn in our facilities at all times.
  • Your patience in adhering to new safety protocols.
  • Please feel welcome to communicate any questions that you have to your Total Vision Care practice associates.

In addition, we will continue to monitor CDC, WHO, governmental, and optometric associations guidelines and make changes as appropriate to protect our community. Thank you so much for your continued support of our practices. We appreciate your patience throughout this process and for trusting us with your eyecare needs.

The Total Vision Care Family of Eyecare Professionals