Myopia

Revision Optix

Optometrists and Vision Therapy Centers located in Simpsonville, SC & Greenville, SC

Myopia, also called shortsightedness or nearsightedness, is one of the most widespread sight problems affecting Americans, but you can regain clear long-range vision by having a thorough eye exam and getting an updated prescription from a skilled optometrist. Sean M. Stevens, OD, and Tiffany Brawner, OD, at ReVision Optix in Simpsonville and Greenville, South Carolina, are at the top of their field and offer unrivaled expertise in correcting myopia, so call them today to make an appointment, or use the online booking tool.

Myopia Q & A

What is myopia?

Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness, so if you find it difficult to read road signs or billboards until you’re up close, you probably have myopia. Myopia is a common condition and is something your optometrist at ReVision Optix can correct with glasses or contact lenses.

Myopia is due to your eyeball being too long, or the cornea protecting your outer eye having an excessive curvature. As a result, the light entering your eye distorts, making images focus in front of your retina rather than on its surface. This is called a refractive error, and its why your vision is blurry when you have myopia.

How do I know if I have myopia?

In most cases, the fact that your far vision isn’t clear is enough to indicate myopia. If objects become increasingly blurry the further away they are, but you can see fine up close, there’s a good chance you have myopia.

You could also experience symptoms such as:

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Squinting
  • Tired eyes

Your child could have myopia and not be aware of it. If they struggle to read the whiteboard at school, they could have myopia. You should take them for a checkup at ReVision Optix.

If you have blurry vision or headaches and eye fatigue, your optometrist can examine your eyes and test your vision to confirm the diagnosis. The team at ReVision Optix has years of experience in helping people who have myopia, and they know how to take care of you.

How is myopia treated?

At the end of your ReVision Optix eye exam, your optometrist writes a prescription for corrective glasses or contact lenses. The prescription lenses help your eyes to focus light onto the retina, thereby improving the clarity of your vision.

You might also have astigmatism, where your eyes are shaped more like a football than being round. It’s common to have myopia and astigmatism together, and your optometrist can adjust the curvature of the glasses and prescribe special toric lenses to correct the effects of astigmatism as well as improving your myopia.

Some people choose to have laser eye surgery to correct myopia, which involves an eye surgeon adjusting or sculpting the cornea to improve your vision. This is a specialized procedure that’s not without its risks, whereas wearing glasses or contacts is an easy, cost-effective solution for poor vision caused by myopia.

Whether you’re due for an eye exam or not, if you notice you’re struggling to focus on objects that aren’t at close range, make an appointment for a checkup at ReVision Optix. Call the clinic today, or book using the online tool.

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