Vision Problems

Neil H. Simmons, O.D.

Optometrist located in Leake County, Carthage, MS

Many problems can affect your eyesight, from everyday near- or farsightedness to vision problems associated with diabetes. No matter the underlying cause, Dr. Neil H. Simmons at his Neil H. Simmons, O.D., practice is trained to identify the issue and get you on the road to better vision. At his optometry practice, Dr. Simmons routinely helps patients in Leake County, Mississippi, maintain and improve their vision through advanced treatments and prescriptive lenses. To learn more, call or use the easy online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Vision Problems Q & A

What are the most common vision problems?

The most common vision problems are tied to refractive errors, which result when the shape of your eye affects how light is focused on your retina. The four most common vision problems due to poor refraction are:


If you have an irregular curvature of your cornea or lens, it affects how light travels through your eye, often leading to blurry vision.


Hyperopia is more commonly referred to as farsightedness and is characterized by good long-view vision but poor close-range vision. Farsightedness is caused when your eye is shorter than normal (from front to back), and light lands behind your retina instead of on it.


Also known as nearsightedness, myopia affects long-range vision. This condition comes about when your eyeball is too long from front to back and light falls short of your retina.


If you’re reaching for magnifying glasses to read directions when you didn’t need to before, you’re likely suffering from aging eyes or presbyopia. Over time, the lens in your eye is increasingly unable to focus on things that are close to you, especially things you need to read.


What are other vision problems?

While vision problems due to refraction issues are prevalent, a number of other problems can affect your vision, including:

  • Amblyopia, or lazy eye
  • Blepharitis, or inflamed eyelids
  • Cataracts
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Computer vision syndrome
  • Strabismus, or cross-eyed
  • Damaged blood vessels caused by diabetic retinopathy


Dr. Simmons is highly trained in all of these areas and offers up-to-date treatments to protect your vision.


How are vision problems treated?

There are many tools at Dr. Simmons’ disposal when it comes to treating your vision problems, chief among them:

Corrective lenses

For refractive errors in your eyes, glasses or contact lenses easily correct the problem, allowing you to see clearly at both long and close ranges.

LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy surgery

Dr. Simmons provides consultations and referrals for these surgeries to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.


In addition to these treatments, Dr. Simmons has a number of medications and therapies that safeguard your eyesight.

One of the biggest keys to successful intervention is keeping up with your regular eye exams. This enables Dr. Simmons to diagnose and treat problems early on and prevent irreversible vision loss.


To learn more about the many treatments for vision problems of all kinds, call Neil H. Simmons, O.D., or book an appointment online.