As of 2017, at least 30% of the American population has myopia. Also known as nearsightedness, this refractive error can greatly affect your visual health and daily efficiency, if left untreated. Let AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care answer common questions about this visual impairment.
Q: What Causes Myopia?
The light that enters your eyes should ideally be focused on the retina. Individuals with elongated eyeballs or overly curved corneas, however, may displace the light in front of the retina. This disturbs the light refraction process, causing nearsightedness.
Q: What Are Predisposing Factors of Myopia?
You may develop myopia when any of your relatives have had this visual acuity problem. Most of the time, it’s acquired during your childhood which is why many kids may need to wear eyeglasses at an early age. That said, it may still occur during your adult years.
Q: Can Reading Too Close Lead to Myopia?
Studies show that individuals who regularly engage in intense close visual activities, like prolonged hours of reading and computer work, are more likely to become nearsighted. Certain diseases, such as diabetes, may also put you at a higher risk of developing myopia.
Q: How Is It Detected?
Nearsightedness can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam. We may ask you to read letters and numbers off the Snellen chart to measure how sharp your eyes are. Upon confirming signs of this refractive error, we may also perform refraction and retinoscopy tests to determine the proper lens prescription for your contact lenses or other optical devices.
Q: What Are Its Manifestations?
Having intact close-range eyesight but difficulties seeing distant objects is the hallmark manifestation of myopia. This refractive error may also cause frequent headaches and severe eye strain.
Q: What Treatment Options Are Available?
At AAPECS Atlantic Eyecare, our on-site glasses laboratory allows us to ensure an accurate and precise measurement of your lens power. This also speeds up the production of your corrective eyewear so you can enjoy enhanced eyesight as soon as possible. Apart from corrective eyewear, we also offer LASIK surgery as a lasting solution for refractive errors
If you have any further questions about nearsightedness, call us at (757) 340-7070. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.