If you can see objects that are close to you clearly, but find that distance objects are blurry, then you most likely have a common vision condition called myopia. Myopia is the term used to describe what most people generally refer to as nearsightedness. It is the most common vision condition, affecting approximately 30% of people across the country.
Nearsightedness commonly develops during childhood. Since your eye continues to grow throughout adolescence, your vision may continue to change until you are about 20 years old. After that, your vision should generally stabilize.
Causes of Nearsightedness
Myopia develops when the outer surface of your eye, called the cornea, is curved too steeply. This prevents light that enters your eye from focusing properly, leading to blurry distance vision.
The most common cause of myopia is genetics. Research indicates that myopia is generally inherited. If your parents are nearsighted, then you are more likely to develop myopia as well. However, it is also possible to develop nearsightedness from prolonged stress on the eyes. People who engage in activities that require their eyes to view objects at close distances, such as sitting at a computer all day, are more likely to develop myopia.
Treatments for Myopia
Glasses and contact lenses are still the most common treatment for myopia. But over the past several decades, refractive surgery options have become increasingly popular due to their ability to eliminate many of the hassles associated with wearing glasses or contacts. After refractive surgery, you will no longer fumble for your glasses when walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Playing sports will also be much easier without the need for corrective eye wear. People who travel regularly will enjoy a lighter carry-on bag after refractive surgery since you will no longer need to carry around bulky contact lens solutions.
At Eye Care Specialists, we offer a variety of refractive surgery options for nearsighted patients in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area:
At your initial consultation, our ophthalmologists will perform a thorough eye examination before recommending the ideal option to achieve your vision correction goals.
Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to learn more about the many options to correct your myopia. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.