Refractive errors happen when structural infirmities prevent light rays from accurately focusing on your retina. Myopia or nearsightedness, in particular, develops when you have an eyeball that’s too long or a cornea that’s too curved. These conditions cause light to refract incorrectly, which means it falls in front of the retina. This makes it hard to discern objects from afar.
Read on as AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care explains how eyeglasses and other vision correction options help control myopia progression.
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine eye drops are usually applied before starting a dilated comprehensive eye exam. They cause your pupils to enlarge, temporarily stopping your eyes’ accommodation features. This means they won’t be able to focus on things within your visual field, allowing you to see distant objects better. While this method provides immediate results, the effects are short-lived.
Using prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses are the most common ways to control myopia progression. Corrective eyewear usually comes standard with multifocal lenses that hold more than one refractive power in a single lens, letting you see clearly even at varying distances. This way, you’ll have an easier time accomplishing your everyday tasks.
If you’re unsure whether to use eyeglasses or contact lenses, your eye care specialist would be willing to help you. From our range of frames, we can help you pick a pair that addresses your visual acuity needs, suits your personality and fits your lifestyle. We also have different contact lens materials and wearing frequencies, each designed to match your preferences.
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It’s a form of refractive surgery that uses a laser to create a flap on your cornea’s outermost surface. We’ll then pull the flap back and eliminate underlying, unnecessary tissues causing your structural infirmities. Afterward, we’ll put the flap back to its original place. Within just a few hours or days, you’ll have sharper vision that may reduce your dependence on using prescription eyewear.
For more information about the different ways to control myopia, call us at (757) 772-0086. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Norfolk and the surrounding VA communities.