Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common vision condition where people can see objects up close clearly, but distant objects are blurry. Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long or the cornea is too curved, preventing your eyes from focusing light correctly.
Myopia often develops during childhood and may worsen during adolescence as the eye continues to grow. If left untreated, myopia can increase a person’s risk of developing serious eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, or retinal detachment later in life.
What are the symptoms of myopia?
- Blurry vision when looking at far-away objects.
- The need to squint to see objects clearly.
- Experiencing headaches caused by straining your eyes.
Myopia can affect children in their daily life including academic performance, sporting activities, social interactions, independence, and self-esteem. The eye doctors at Buckeye Optometry are experienced in diagnosing and treating myopia in children and adults. They also have expertise in working with children who have progressive myopia.
What are the treatment options for myopia?
Early diagnosis and treatment of myopia are important for improving quality of life and lowering the risk of developing eye issues like retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma. The most common treatment for myopia is prescribing eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct the person’s vision. Other treatment options include refractive surgery and laser treatments.
The first step to managing myopia is to schedule an appointment at Buckeye Optometry for an eye exam. Our optometrists will perform various tests to check your vision, determine overall eye health, and screen for myopia. If we find signs of myopia, our doctor will develop a customized treatment plan to slow down its progression and protect your vision.