Myopia Treatment with our Spring Optometrist
One of the most common refractive errors of the eye is myopia. This eye condition is usually referred to as nearsightedness and means that you can see things up close but things that are far away appear to be blurry. Over 40 percent of the population in the United States has myopia. There is often little that can be done to prevent myopia, but if you do get diagnosed with it, this eye condition is very treatable.
Causes of Myopia
Myopia occurs when the eyeball grows too long. This causes light rays to focus at the front of the retina instead of on its surface. This refractive error can also occur when the cornea is too curved for the elongated eyeball.
Risk Factors Associated with Myopia
School-age children are usually prone to getting myopia. As a child grows into an adult, the eye condition progresses. If both of the child's parents have myopia, it increases the child's chances of having it. However, even an adult who had a perfect vision as a child can develop myopia. Besides inheriting the disease, other people who have an increased chance of being affected by myopia include:
- Those who do a lot of close visual work, such as reading or working on the computer
- Those with a diagnosis of diabetes
- Those who are of East Asian descent
Children who live in urban areas are also at a higher risk of getting myopia than those who grow up in rural areas.
Common Symptoms of Myopia
One of the most common signs of myopia is having the inability to read things that are far away. This could include road signs and whiteboards in school and at work. Some of the most common symptoms associated with myopia include:
- Squinting the eyes to see more clearly
- Experiencing eyestrain
- Feeling fatigued
- Getting frequent headaches
If you already have eyeglasses or contact lenses and are experiencing these symptoms, it means myopia has progressed and you most likely need a stronger prescription.
How Myopia Is Diagnosed and Treated
Having a comprehensive eye exam is the easiest way to diagnose myopia. During the exam, the optometrist may use a distance chart, which measures the clarity of your vision. If a diagnosis of myopia gets made, our optometrist will recommend either prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to help correct your vision. You may also have the option of undergoing refractive surgery.
Contact Us Today
If you think you are experiencing nearsightedness, or it's time to schedule your routine eye exam, contact Today's Vision Family Eye Care by calling (281) 601-1001 on Rayford Road or (281)719-9926 on Riley Fuzzel Road, both of which are located in Spring, TX.