light toward the retinal plane. One common type you might have heard is myopia. For your understanding, your expert eye doctor from Progressive Eyecare answers some questions about this visual impairment.
Q: What Is Myopia?
It’s the medical term for nearsightedness, a refractive error which often manifests as difficulties seeing far-range objects. That said, affected individuals retain their clear close-range vision.
Q: How Does Myopia Occur?
Myopia happens when you have an eyeball that’s too long or a cornea that’s too curved, disrupting the light focusing process in your eyes. Instead of directing the light on the retina, the received rays are deposited in front of this eye structure.
Q: How Common Is Myopia?
Currently, around 30% of the American population has myopia. Individuals with nearsighted relatives are more likely to develop this refractive error. It usually occurs during childhood, which is why it’s essential to have regular eye exams. That said, you may still acquire this condition during your adult years.
Q: How Is Myopia Diagnosed?
While children may not easily realize they’re having eyesight difficulties, there are signs that may indicate they’re myopic. Squinting, tilting of their heads, and holding books up to their face are some common ones. If you notice any of these, head to your trusted eye clinic immediately. A comprehensive eye exam is a reliable diagnosis tool to confirm this refractive error.
Q: How Is Myopia Treated?
We may prescribe wearing corrective contact lenses or eyeglasses to help you see better, especially distant objects. We have an array of different lenses and frames to suit your needs and lifestyle. Rest assured we’ll help you choose one that best matches your face and personality. We’ll also give you instructions on their proper use and care. We may offer to perform refractive surgeries as well as a longer lasting solution.
If you have any further questions about myopia, call us at (702) 744-8005 for North Las Vegas, (702) 723-4888 for Boca Park, and (702) 357-8202 for Southwest Las Vegas. You may also complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve North Las Vegas and other Las Vegas, NV, areas.