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a pair of glasses is held up to the camera lens to show focal differenceAre objects that are far away appear blurry, but objects that are close are crystal clear? It’s likely that you suffer from nearsightedness, a conditional also known as myopia. Discover several frequently asked questions about nearsightedness and what you can do about it.

What are symptoms of nearsightedness?

While the most common symptom of nearsightedness is blurry vision, especially when looking at distant objects, other symptoms include:

  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Sore or tired eyes
  • Squinting
  • Trouble focusing

What causes this condition?

Myopia is caused by your eyeball being too long or your cornea having too much curvature. With both errors, light rays meet at a certain point then diverge before reaching the retina. This causes your brain to display blurry images because the retina sent it an unclear message.

How will I know if my child has myopia?

Nearsightedness is often diagnosed in childhood. Children will give signs such as sitting close to a television, complaining of headaches after a day at school, inability to read distant signs, and more. If you or a family member has eye issues, be mindful that those genes may have been passed down to your child.

Are there treatment options available?

Yes! Many people find relief from their symptoms by wearing certain glasses or special contact lenses. However, if you want a permanent fix that’s not dependent on glasses or contact lenses, surgery may be the treatment option for you. Excimer laser correction surgery can reduce the length of the cornea which improves your focus.

How can Eyesight Associates help?

Our team of eye doctors can accurately diagnose your eye issues and talk to you about treatment options. We want to help you see better because we believe your vision can improve your overall quality of life! If you have any questions about nearsightedness or other refractive errors within the eye, don’t hesitate to call us: 478-923-5872.