Myopia is an eye condition sometimes referred to as nearsightedness. This means that you have trouble seeing things that are far away, but have no trouble doing things such as reading a book or using a computer. Myopia is the most common type of impaired vision in people under 40 years old, and is becoming more common worldwide.
If you have myopia, it’s likely that you regularly squint or strain to see road signs or performances that are far away. These are common symptoms of myopia, and some people even experience headaches because of the strain.
Myopia happens because the eyeball is too long, meaning the structures within the eye are not powerful enough to accommodate the extra length. This means that light often focuses just in front of the retina rather than directly on it. However, nearsightedness can also happen because the cornea and lens are too curved relative to the eyeball.
Nearsightedness, unlike farsightedness, often happens when you’re young. If your parents are nearsighted, it’s likely that you are as well. Most people with myopia experience worsening nearsightedness as they grow up, but experience stabilization during early adulthood.
Fortunately, myopia can be easily corrected with the right prescription lenses. Whether you opt for eyeglasses or contact lenses, your ophthalmologist can find the right amount of correction for your vision during an exam. Depending on your vision, you may need to wear them all the time or only while performing tasks like driving or watching a movie.
LASIK is a laser surgery option that can correct the eye’s focusing ability for the long-term by removing corneal tissue. Often, this means you don’t need corrective lenses. You can receive a LASIK evaluation at any of our offices in Mercer County, NJ and Bucks County, PA.
If you’re looking for effective treatment for nearsightedness, our ophthalmologists can recommend your best options during an appointment. To get started, contact our offices by calling or filling out our online form.