Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the most common vision problem for people under 40 years old. Having myopia means you have trouble seeing things that are far away. Myopia is common and usually simple to treat. To get an eye exam and find out if you need corrective lenses for myopia, make an appointment with Magdalena Saint-Louis, OD, and the team at Real Vision Center. Located in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Real Vision Center offers comprehensive eye care for all ages. Call today or make an appointment online to learn more.
Myopia is a condition in which you can’t see clearly at a distance. If you have myopia, things close to you are clear, but things at a distance appear blurry. Also called nearsightedness, myopia is a refractive error.
When your eye doesn’t refract, or bend, light properly, the images your eye sees are blurry. The light coming into your eyes isn’t focused properly, and you can’t see clearly.
If you notice that you can’t see road signs clearly while driving or that distant objects look fuzzy, you may have myopia. In children, myopia can make it hard to see a whiteboard at school. Besides blurry distance vision, some symptoms of myopia are headaches, squinting, and eye strain.
Myopia develops when your eye is too long compared to the focusing power of your cornea and lens. Light coming into your eye is focused in front of the retina instead of on the surface of the retina. The result is blurry distance vision.
Sometimes, myopia happens when your cornea or lens is too curved for the length of your eye. Dr. Saint-Louis and the team examines your eyes and vision to determine the cause of your myopia and propose a treatment plan.
Myopia is often an inherited condition, so if you have a family history of myopia, you’re more likely to develop the condition. It’s common in children and can make seeing at school a challenge if left undiagnosed.
Dr. Saint-Louis diagnoses myopia with a comprehensive eye exam. She and her team examine your visual acuity, or how clearly you see, and develop a prescription to correct your vision.
You can get prescription eyeglasses or contacts to correct myopia. In some cases, refractive surgery like LASIK can reshape the cornea to treat myopia. If you get LASIK or other types of refractive surgery, you may not need to wear contacts or glasses.
The best treatment option for you depends on your unique eyes and prescription. While some people need to wear corrective lenses throughout the day, others may find they only need glasses while driving or performing other activities.
The best way to find out if you have myopia is to get an eye exam. With a diagnosis, you can get corrective lenses to improve your sight. Make an appointment at Real Vision Center by calling the office or booking online today.