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Myopia Awareness Week

Myopia Awareness Week

Learn about the symptoms and treatments of this very common eye focusing disorder.

Myopia (nearsightedness) is an eye focusing disorder that affects more than 40% of Americans. This May we’re featuring Myopia Awareness Week to help highlight symptoms and treatments of this very common eye disorder.

What is Myopia?
Myopic vision is when objects close-up look clear but distant objects are blurry. This occurs as a result of a refractive error where the eye does not focus light properly on the retina. To see clearly, light rays must travel through the cornea and lens. With refractive errors, the shape of your cornea and lens prevents light from bending properly resulting in blurry vision.

Symptoms of Myopia.
Some of the early signs and symptoms of Myopia include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Squinting to see properly
  • Difficulty seeing objects far away (road signs, whiteboards)

If you are experiencing any of these issues, make an appointment with your doctor to get your eyes checked out as soon as possible.

Myopia Treatments.
Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

  • Eyeglasses and contacts are the most common way to correct vision problems caused by Myopia. After you are diagnosed with Myopic vision, your eye doctor will fit you with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Refractive Surgery

  • The most common form of refractive surgery is LASIK. During LASIK, a surgeon uses a laser to create a thin flap on the top layer of your cornea. They sculpt the cornea with another laser to adjust how light travels through it, and then move the flap back. Refractive surgery does carry risks of complications and side effects, including the possibility of seeing glares or rings, or having poor night vision.

As always the best way to find out if you are experiencing Myopic vision or to figure out the best treatment plan is to schedule a routine check up with your eye doctor.

At Sterling vision, our eye care is focused specifically on you. Give us a call or stop by one of our convenient locations to schedule your appointment today!