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You can’t help but notice that nowadays everything seems kind of blurry when far away. These people, places, and items lack any detail. That said, once you get closer to them, all the details are fleshed out. This only happens when you get closer, though.
Is this just an issue with your depth perception? Probably not. More than likely, you may have myopia, also known as nearsightedness. Here’s everything you need to know about this common vision issue, including its causes, symptoms, and treatments.
As mentioned, myopia is an eye condition in which your vision starts getting blurrier the farther away an item or person is to you. You have no vision issues when items or people are closer.
According to National Eye Institute research, this condition has become more widespread. From 1999 to 2004, up to 41.6 percent of American patients between 12 to 54 years old had this vision issue. Compare that back to 1971 and 1972, when only 25 percent of patients in the same age group had myopia.
So what causes the eye to fail to detect detail from a distance? This has to do with the length of the eyeball, actually. The longer this is, the more that light rays are misdirected. The retina’s front ends up taking most of the brunt of these light rays, which changes the retina’s ability to focus.
As you can imagine, family history plays a big role in whether a person ends up nearsighted or not. If both parents had or have this condition, their children likely will as well.
The biggest symptom is the inability to see items at a distance. You may also notice that you get tired after athletic activity and long drives. You may be more prone to headaches, eye strain, and squinting, too. This is an attempt to overcorrect your vision issue, although it’s never successful.
The only way to treat a case of myopia is to see an eye doctor at an optometry clinic. There, they will suggest a routine eye exam, which can detect nearsightedness and other common vision and health issues.
If your eye doctor does diagnose you as being nearsighted, you can then discuss treatments. In many cases, using contacts or glasses every day is a suitable treatment. You may not always have to use these vision aids, but only when necessary, such as driving.
In more serious cases, if contacts or glasses don’t work, your eye doctor may recommend refractive surgery to treat your myopia.
If you think you have nearsightedness, you’ve come to the right place. At The Eye Center, we have two locations in South Tulsa and Okmulgee so our optometrist can serve you better. We also welcome those in nearby Bixby.
Our services include blue light filtering, free kindergarten eye exams, frame selections, surgery co-management, laser vision correction surgery, contact lens fittings, optical dispensing, and eye examinations.
We specialize in treating astigmatism, eye injuries and infections, visual processing disorders, myopia, presbyopia or farsightedness, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pink eye and other forms of conjunctivitis, and chronic dry eye.
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