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young girl with glasses smilesRoughly 25% of Americans suffer from myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness. With this number almost doubling in the last few decades, it’s important to know the symptoms, causes, and available treatments of this condition. Discover the details:

Myopia Causes & Symptoms

Myopia is the result of light rays bending incorrectly due to the shape of your eye. When your eye tries to focus on distant images, the light rays will bend in front of your retina when they are supposed to bend on your retina. Because of this small infraction, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Blurry objects in distance
  • Excessive blinking
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue while driving
  • Headaches
  • Rubbing eyes frequently
  • Squinting

Myopia is commonly diagnosed in children and will stabilize over time. However, nearsightedness in adults can occur. If you’re concerned that your child has nearsightedness, be watchful if she chooses to sit close to the television to see better, has trouble seeing distant objects, or is fatigued easily while playing sports, as these are signs that she may have myopia.

Myopia Treatments

There are three main treatments available for myopia: corrective contact lenses, glasses, or refractive surgery. While some people only need to wear their contact lenses or glasses while participating in activities that require looking at objects ahead (i.e. driving or playing sports), others may need to wear their contact lenses or glasses all the time to avoid frustrating symptoms.

If you’re experiencing nearsightedness, our expert eye doctors will run diagnostic tests to determine the severity of your eye issue and discuss which treatment option would be best. We understand that myopia can hinder the enjoyment of everyday activities, and we’re passionate about helping you have the best eye health possible! For convenience and comfort, we have an optical shop where you can browse contact lenses and frames.

Do you have questions about myopia or would like to schedule an appointment? Give us a call today: 478-923-5872.