When you have myopia, or nearsightedness, being unable to focus on anything more than a few feet away is extremely frustrating. However, if you have an up-to-date prescription, contact lenses or glasses can remedy the problem. The highly qualified team at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC offer outstanding facilities for assessing your eyesight as well as providing state-of-the-art laser treatments to correct myopia. If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, including Trappe, Blue Bell, North Wales, Hatboro, Bethlehem, and Levittown, Pennsylvania, or the counties of Montgomery, Bucks, or Northampton, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, means you find it difficult to focus on distant objects. Myopia can affect you at any age and is often passed down genetically.
Nearsightedness in children is a common reason for poor performance at school, because the child is struggling to read instructions on a whiteboard, or can’t see properly during sporting activities. To ensure your child isn’t affected by myopia, it’s best to take them for regular eye exams at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC.
The reason why your vision is blurry when you have myopia is that your eyes are focusing incoming light in front of your retina rather than onto the retina’s surface. If the light isn’t entering your eye correctly, you can’t focus, which makes your vision blur when you look into the distance.
People with myopia usually have eyeballs that aren’t perfectly round, but instead are too long from the front to the back. Myopia can also be due to certain congenital conditions, such as an abnormally shaped cornea or thick crystalline lens.
If you find you’re suffering from regular headaches or feel you’re straining to see — for example, you have to get quite close to a road sign to read the names of the towns — you should book an eye exam at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC.
Myopia isn’t a disease, it’s simply a condition that develops for genetic and anatomical reasons, so there’s no need to be concerned about the health of your eyes. Attending regular eye exams ensures you have the correct prescription for glasses or contact lenses, which corrects your vision and enables you to see clearly.
If you wish to try contact lenses, your eye doctor can advise you which type would be most suitable, and help you become accustomed to wearing the lenses and looking after your eyes.
More permanent correction is possible through laser surgery:
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, or LASIK surgery, involves using a precision laser to reshape the cornea. LASIK causes minimal discomfort, and most patients start to see results within a few days.
Laser epithelial keratomileusis, or LASEK surgery, involves reshaping the cornea after creating an extremely thin tissue flap on its outermost layer. LASEK is particularly suitable for patients who have thin corneas that may make LASIK inadvisable.
Schedule an appointment at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC online or by phone today to learn more about your options for addressing nearsightedness.