How The Eye Works

In order for the eye to see clear images, the cornea (the clear portion on the front of the eye) and the lens must bend or curve light rays so they can focus on the retina (the lining on the back portion of the eye). The retina is responsible for changing these light rays into signals that are then sent to the brain and accepted as an image.

A person with normal eyes will be able to see clear images because the cornea and lens are correctly focusing images on the retina. A person with refractive error sees blurry or hazy images because the cornea and lens are unable to focus light rays on the retina. This can be attributed to an improperly shaped eye (myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism); a loss of lens accommodation (presbyopia); or a clouding of the lens of the eye (cataracts).

Fortunately, there are a variety of new and exciting treatments for myopia, presbyopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism featured at our Greenville and satellite eye centers, including laser vision correction. These treatments are designed to either reshape the eye to correct refractive error or replace the natural lens of the eye to improve accommodation. Contact White Eye Associates in Greenville to learn more about our vision correction alternatives.