Myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, has been a major concern for many individuals, which affects almost 10 million Americans. A study estimates that approximately 50% of the world’s population may be nearsighted by the year 2050. At IlluminEyes Vision Care, we believe that having a good understanding of this refractive error may be a way to halt its increasing prevalence. Let your expert eye doctor answer the top questions about this problem.
Q: What Causes Myopia?
The almost-perfect round shape of your eyes plays an important role in the even distribution of light rays in your eyes. That said, a person who is nearsighted may have an eyeball that is longer than the ideal, causing light rays to disperse and incorrectly settle in front of your retina. A cornea that is too curved also has the same effects.
Q: Who Are Likely To Become Nearsighted?
Myopia is likely to run in the family, which is why it’s essential to be aware of your family history. If any of your relatives have nearsightedness, you are at a higher risk of having it too. That said, your personal habits may affect its progression and development. Your reliable eye doctor explains that doing close work for an extended time may result in overusing your focusing and accommodation abilities, leading to this problem. Your age is another risk factor since this condition is often identified during childhood.
Q: What Are The Usual Manifestations?
Nearsightedness, as its name suggests, means you have intact near-range vision while you may have difficulties seeing things at a distance. Objects or figures from afar may seem blurry, wavy, or even distorted. This is why you may have a hard time recognizing distant faces or reading street signs. You may also complain of headaches, eye fatigue, or nausea when performing far-range tasks.
Q: What Are The Available Remedies?
We may have you undergo some tests to measure your eye sharpness and establish the severity of your refractive error. We may prescribe using corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses to help you see distant objects better. We may also evaluate if you are a good candidate for LASIK or other refractive surgeries.
If you have any further questions about myopia, call us at (603) 319-1151 or complete our form. We see patients from Lowell and nearby MA areas, as well as Merrimack and the surrounding NH communities.