How Much of our Vision is Genetic?

Problems with vision can be caused by a wide array of factors. Many individuals with impaired vision suffer from impairment caused by a pre-existing genetic condition. Understanding your family history of problems with vision can best prepare you for potential outcomes in your own life. Listed below are the most common types of genetically linked vision impairment.


Strabismus, or the misalignment of the eyes, is a vision impairment linked to genetics. This is what most people commonly refer to as being cross eyed. It is a fairly common condition, and manifests in over three million Americans each year. If you suffer from this condition, take a look at your family history, chances are the condition can be traced back through your past. If you are worried about the effectiveness and general health of your eyesight, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Advanced Eye Medical to best determine your plan of action can be set up. Most commonly corrective eyewear is a viable solution.

Color Vision Deficiency

Color deficiency or what is most commonly refer to as being color blind, is vision impairment that is closely linked to genetics. The gene responsible for this is carried on the X chromosome. Because the gene is on the X chromosome, men are at higher risk for genetic color deficiency than women. There is currently no treatment for reversing color vision deficiency.

Myopia & Hyperopia

Myopia and hyperopia, nearsightedness and farsightedness, are linked to genetic inheritance. While these conditions are common, they appear more frequently when there is a family history. Both conditions can easily be remedied via multiple treatments options. LASIK in Orange County can be a lasting fix for the impairment and allow you to operate on a day to day basis without the assistance of visual aid.


Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is another condition linked to genetics. If both or one parent has this condition, the child will have an increased risk of also having the same vision impairment. A medical professional can help you determine whether or not this is the specific eye condition from which you suffer. There are a variety of treatments for the condition, varying from prescription drops to glasses or in some cases, surgery. Consult a professional to determine the best course of action for you.

LASIK Treatment in Orange County

If poor vision is impairing your daily life and you want more information on potential treatment options, contact Advanced Eye Medical today. Our office specializes in vision correction and our staff of professionals can determine a plan to best assist you. We take pride in welcoming each and every patient as part of our family and hope to get you on a path to seeing crystal clear today!