st george Comprehensive Eye ExamsAn eye exam at Paradise Canyon Eye Care in St.George, Utah by Dr. Joseph Fife, board certified by the American Board of Optometry, is not your typical eye exam. Unlike many eye exams which feel like an in-and-out speedway, Dr. Fife is concerned about each patient’s well being. We schedule ample time so you don’t feel rushed.

We provide complete eye care for both adults and children. Our comprehensive eye examinations check your eyes inside and out for glaucoma, macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts and all other eye diseases as well as diabetes and other systemic diseases.

Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated and we pride ourselves on the accuracy of our eyeglass prescriptions. In spite of our track record for highly accurate prescriptions, there are eyes that can be unstable for reasons ranging from medications to illness. In these rare cases, we will gladly re-examine the patient and remake the glasses.

With technology rapidly changing the eye care industry, we utilize the latest in diagnostic equipment and are committed to keeping up with whatever advances will come next.

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Common Eye Conditions

Myopia (Nearsighted)

Nearsighted vision or myopia occurs when the eyeball is longer than normal. The light, originating from a distant object, enters the eye and focuses in front of the retina subsequently resulting in the distant object being out of focus or blurry. The natural lens in the eye cannot refocus the light by itself and therefore needs help through use of eye glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.

Hyperopia (Farsighted)

Farsighted vision or hyperopia occurs when the eyeball is shorter than normal. Again, the light from a distant object enters the eye but instead of focusing in front of the retina as occurs with nearsighted vision, the light entering the eye focuses as if behind the retina. Although initially it will also be out of focus, the natural lens inside the eye will automatically adjust bringing the image into focus resulting in clear vision. Often, there are no or minimal symptoms, but symptoms may include eye strain, tired eyes and/or headaches (especially at the end of the day), or there may be blurry vision when looking at distant objects just like with nearsightedness.


Astigmatism is frequently described as the cornea, or front of the eye, being shaped similar to the side of an egg or the shape of the side of an American football (not the pointed end). Because of the difference in shape between the steep and flat curvatures of the cornea, the light that enters the eye comes into focus at two different points and thus results in blurred vision. Astigmatism can be associated with myopia, hyperopia or it can exist all by itself. It results in blurred vision at all distances when there is a significant difference in curvatures. When there’s a minimal amount of astigmatism, people often only notice a slight doubling of the image.


Welcome to middle age. Presbyopia occurs when the natural lens inside the eye begins to lose its focusing ability at near. People typically think of presbyopia occurring between ages 40-45, but in truth, the internal crystalline lens slowly loses its focusing ability throughout life and we just start to notice the effects after age 40. The gradual change continues as we age resulting in our need to update our glasses every 1-2 years until about age 65 when we have lost all of our focusing ability.