What is it?

Myopia, commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is a very common vision condition. If you are affected by myopia, you can see objects up close very clearly, but you cannot focus on objects far away.

In some cases, you may only have trouble viewing objects farther away at night. This is referred to as “night myopia.”

How does it happen?

This eye condition occurs when the eyeball is either too long or has too much of a curvature. Because of either of these irregularities, the light entering the eyeball focuses in front of the retina. This causes objects in the distance to be blurry and distorted.

What are the symptoms?

The most obvious symptom is that objects in the distance will appear blurry and distorted. Other symptoms may include an inability to concentrate or headaches from straining to see objects far away.

What are my risk factors?

In most cases, the condition is hereditary. If you have a family history of myopia, you may be at a greater risk of developing the condition yourself. Other factors such as spending too much time concentrating on work up close may contribute as well.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Most occurrences of myopia are diagnosed in elementary-aged children. Your eye doctor will perform a routine eye exam in order to diagnose this condition.

Most myopia-related vision problems are easily treated by wearing glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, it may be beneficial to have laser eye surgery for a more permanent fix.

How can I prevent it from happening?

If you spend less time focusing on objects at a very close distance, you may potentially decrease your chances of developing the condition.

If you are experiencing similar symptoms to myopia, contact us today.

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