Your Vision

At Gailey Eye Clinic, we are committed to finding the right vision solution for every patient, so each of our locations offers a complete Optical department. Let one of our skilled opticians help you find the glasses, sunglasses, or contact lenses that make you look good and see great!

Following your Healthy Eye Exam, you will be given options to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, including LASIK and corrective lenses like glasses or contact lenses.

We offer the most advanced options for eyeglass lenses that can keep them as thin as possible while providing protection against ultraviolet rays and maximizing peripheral vision. We offer frames by many top designers including Maui Jim, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Dior, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Fossil, KIO YAMATO and many more.

Common Vision Problems

Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, Astigmatism, and Presbyopia can vary in intensity and should be monitored and managed through annual eye exams.


Nearsightedness, also called Mypoia, is the most common vision problem, and it has become more prevalent in recent years.  People who are nearsighted have clear near vision, but their distant vision is blurry.  If you’re nearsighted, the first number (“sphere”) on your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription will be preceded by a minus sign (–). The higher the number, the more nearsighted you are.  Nearsightedness is often detected between the ages of 8 and 12 years.  The condition typically worsens through adolescence but stabilizes in early adulthood.

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Farsightedness, also called Hyperopia, is a common vision problem, affecting about a fourth of the population.  People with hyperopia can see distant objects very well, but have difficulty focusing on objects that are up close.  Farsighted people sometimes experience headaches or eye strain and may squint or feel fatigued when performing work at close range. If your glasses or contact lens prescription begins with plus numbers, like +2.50, you are farsighted.

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Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a refractive error, meaning it is not an eye disease or eye health problem; it’s simply a problem with how the eye focuses light.  Astigmatism occurs when the curvature of the cornea is not equal.  Instead of the cornea having a symmetrically round shape like a baseball, it is shaped more like a football, with one side being more curved than the other.  Vision for people with astigmatism is distorted for both near and distant objects.

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Presbyopia is a condition caused by the natural aging of the eye. No matter how good your vision was early in life, nearly everyone develops presbyopia. Presbyopia occurs when the eye’s soft, flexible crystalline lens hardens over time, making it difficult for the eye to focus. People typically exhibit symptoms of presbyopia around the age of 40, at which time, they become increasingly dependent on reading glasses and/or other corrective eyewear.

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Signs you may need corrective eyewear

If you’re experiencing the following symptoms or other changes in your vision, we recommend that you schedule an appointment to assess the health of your eyes.

  • Squinting
  • Frequent headaches
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Eye fatigue or strain
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Bumping into or tripping over things
  • Sitting too close to a digital screen
  • Unable to see far away or up close
  • “Seeing double” when reading
  • Trouble reading for any length of time
  • Need to hold things further away

What does your prescription mean?

Feeling confused by the abbreviations and numbers that comprise your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription? Allow us to explain! Your prescription (Rx) is what an Ophthalmologist (MD) or Optometrist (OD) advises to correct your vision.


Note: The prescription for eyeglasses cannot be interchanged with a contact prescription. You need a specific prescription for each!

The horizontal rows in your prescription represent your two eyes. The top row will always be for the right eye, abbreviated as OD. The bottom row will always be for the left eye, abbreviated as OS.

Each row has three main columns, the first being SPH (sphere). This corrects nearsighted or farsighted vision.  If you’re nearsighted, the number under SPH on your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription will be preceded by a minus sign (–). The higher the number, the more nearsighted you are. If your glasses or contact lens prescription begins with a plus sign (+), you are farsighted. The next two columns are for the Cylinder (CYL) and AXIS that together, correct an astigmatism.

Some prescriptions have a fourth column for ADD (Near-Vision Reading Addition) that is used to order bifocal or progressive eyeglasses, giving you a close-up portion at the bottom of the lens. This column is also used in ordering single-vision reading or computer (intermediate) vision glasses.

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