Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error, which means that the eye doesn’t refract light properly, resulting in blurred images. In myopia, objects which are nearby appear clear but those further away are blurred. It is a eye-focusing disorder, not an eye disease.

Myopia occurs when:

  • The eyeball is too long
  • The cornea is irregularly shaped
  • The lens is abnormally shaped

Myopia - Symptoms

Myopia symptoms are most apparent in children when they are between the ages of 8-12 years old. During the teenage years, myopia may become worse. However, during the ages of 20-40, there is usually little change.

Some of the symptoms of myopia include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Squinting to see properly
  • Difficulty seeing distant objects including road signs or a blackboard

Myopia - Diagnosis

Patients who suffer from myopia often complain of visual discomfort and/or blurred vision. Our eye specialists can accurately diagnose myopia through a comprehensive dilated eye examination and provide the best treatment solutions for your specific needs.

Myopia - Treatment

While Myopia cannot be prevented, it can be very successfully treated using:

  • Prescription Eyeglasses - This is the safest and most simple way to correct myopia. Our highly trained optometrists will prescribe lenses that will correct the problem and restore comfortable vision.
  • Contact Lenses - Contact lenses can provide better vision, a wider field of vision and greater comfort for patients with myopia.
  • Refractive Surgery - The aim of this surgery is to alter the shape of the cornea, improving vision permanently. Our eye-care professionals are able to discuss the different types of refractive surgeries and your eligibility for such a procedure.

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