Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is the most common refractive error, increasing its prevalence over the years. It may cause difficulties seeing things from afar, reducing your daily efficiency. Let your trusted eye doctor from Guilford Eye Center talk about this problem in detail.
Myopia develops when there is a wide distance between your eye’s front and back parts. This may disrupt the light bending and focusing processes, causing the received light rays to incorrectly settle in front of the retina. This refractive error may also happen when your cornea or lens is too curved compared with your eyeball’s length. A combination of both these structural infirmities may occur as well.
Heredity is a major risk factor for myopia development. If any of your family members are nearsighted, chances are so are you. While this condition often occurs during childhood, adults may also have it later on. Studies also show that using your computer over extended periods or other visually exhausting activities may cause eye fatigue that increases your risk of being nearsighted. If you have any of these, we suggest undergoing an eye exam to detect this problem as soon as possible.
Myopic individuals have a hard time seeing distant objects or people clearly, while their near-range vision remains in good condition. You may also squint while trying to read street signs or recognizing persons from afar. You may have eye strain and headaches from time to time as well.
Our Suggested Management
We’ll first perform a comprehensive eye exam to measure your eyes’ current acuity and establish the extent of your refractive error. We may prescribe wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses for your better eye sharpness. We have a large selection in different colors, styles, and brands. We also offer ortho-k lenses which are meant to be worn while you sleep. They gently reshape your irregularly formed cornea overnight, letting you experience enhanced visual clarity the following morning without having to use your eyewear. We may evaluate as well if you’re a good candidate for laser eye surgery.
For more information about myopia, call us at (336) 292-4516. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve patients from Greensboro and nearby NC areas.