If distant objects are blurry, you could have myopia
If you are nearsighted, you are not alone. For people under 40, myopia, or nearsightedness, is the most frequent cause of declining vision, and it is growing at a fast rate. If you are starting to experience a vision problem, such as not seeing distant objects clearly, and suspect myopia, visit an optometry specialist for a vision exam. Eye Doctors of Arizona in Phoenix AZ specialize in myopia control and we are ready to help restore your sight.
What is myopia?
Myopia occurs when your eye no longer bends, or refracts, light properly. Because light is required to focus, a refractive error distorts images, and your sight is longer clear. For myopia sufferers, it is distant objects that appear blurry. You can likely read a book or newspaper without assistance or see clearly up close. Myopia can be more common in people whose work or hobbies require more use of short-range vision, such as reading or computer use. For some, resting the eyes may lead to a disappearance of symptoms, but over time permanent vision problems can occur.
What are the symptoms?
Along with blurry vision, other symptoms may also appear when you have untreated myopia. Eyestrain may lead to repeated headaches, particularly at certain times of the day when the strain reaches its peak. Constant squinting to see an object at a distance is a clue as is difficulty driving at night. If you are trying to detect myopia in a child, observe if they need to sit closer to the TV to see, or they do not notice things in the distance or they blink frequently.
How do I fix it?
Myopia control is typically achieved through the use of multi-focal contact lenses or glasses. Sometimes, atropine eye drops are also used to control myopia, and for some patients, corneal reshaping lenses may be used overnight to correct the vision for the following day.
If myopia is impeding your life, visit an optometry specialist to achieve better vision. When untreated, myopia can become a safety concern as distant cars are not noticed on the highway, oncoming headlights blur or you no longer see impediments quickly enough while walking or running.
Contact the Eye Doctors of Arizona in Phoenix AZ today to schedule an annual eye exam. We will diagnose your vision problem and provide you with the corrective lenses or glasses needed to help you live your life safer and without the side effects of myopia.