Nearly 30% of the U.S. population has myopia, or nearsightedness, according to the American Optometric Association. The symptoms of myopia can get worse as you age, eventually causing high myopia. Myopia control, however, can help reduce the symptoms of myopia and the likelihood of developing high myopia. At Sites Vision Clinic in Clarksville, TN, our eye doctors can help you manage your myopia. Here is some important information on myopia.
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia occurs when your eyeball is too long or your cornea is too curved. The result is that when light enters the eye, it isn’t focused and makes distant objects look blurred.
What Are the Symptoms of Myopia?
Myopia can cause blurry vision when looking at distant objects, squinting to see clearly, headaches induced by eyestrain, and difficulty seeing while driving at night. If you are experiencing symptoms of myopia, you should make an appointment with our optometrist right away.
What Are the Risks for Myopia Development?
Individuals who spend a lot of time reading, using a computer or electronic device, or spend a lot of time working with close-up objects can be more likely to develop myopia. Some studies suggest that lack of time spent outside can cause myopia.
What Is Myopia Control?
Myopia control is used to help slow down the progression of your condition. The measures prescribed by our eye doctor may include atropine eye drops, multifocal contact lenses, myopia control eyeglasses, and orthokeratology (Ortho-K). Our eye doctor can educate you more about your options. Myopia control can help reduce your risk later in life for developing vision issues associated with myopia, including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, or blindness.
What Is Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology — also called Ortho-K — is the use of specially designed contact lenses fitted to temporarily reshape your cornea to improve vision. These lenses are worn at night to reshape your cornea so you can see better throughout the day. Ortho-K is a great alternative for those who do not want to wear corrective eyewear during the day.
Do Children Need Myopia Control?
If your child has been diagnosed with myopia, the sooner you start practicing myopia control, the better. A young child can start Ortho-K as early as 7 years old. Myopia control can be difficult for children, as they have to be willing to participate in some form of treatment. However, it is vital in making sure the condition does not worsen.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist
if you want to begin managing your myopia, we can help. At Sites Vision Clinic in Clarksville, TN, our optometry experts can diagnose and help treat or manage your condition. Call us today to schedule an appointment.