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Myopia

June 16, 2021

Myopia is a common vision condition that is more often referred to as Nearsightedness. This condition causes you to be able to see clearly objects that are near to you, but farther away objects can seem blurry.

This occurs because the shape of your eye will cause light rays to bend incorrectly which focuses images in front of your retina instead of ON your retina.

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Blurry vision
  • Squinting to see clearly
  • Headaches
  • Hard time seeing while driving (especially at night)

While myopia is usually detected at a young age, it can also develop over time. In children sometimes the signs are a little different. A child with myopia may:

  • Sit closer to the TV or Computer
  • Blink excessively
  • Rub eyes frequently
  • May seem unaware of distant objects

When to make an appointment

Paying attention to your eyesight as well as your kids possible signs of trouble is very important. If you feel you are having a hard time seeing things that are faraway and it is affecting your work or favorite activities, it may be time to come see us.

When things get complicated

Having myopia is very common, and usually not something to worry about. A trip to come see us, and a new set of glasses or contacts will fix your right up.

There are unfortunately signs to look out for that may be a little bit more serious.

Things like flashes of light in your eye, sudden floaters, or a shadow over your visual field are symptoms you should take seriously and may require emergency medical care. A rare complication of myopia is retinal detachment. These symptoms could be a sign and its imperative you seek medical treatment as fast as possible.

Slowing the progression

Recently we posted on our social media about a new way to help potentially slow the progression of myopia in children ages 8-12. Call us here at TriCounty Eye Associates today to make an appointment and get more information on this new option.

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