If you’ve been struggling to see clearly from a distance, you may be one of the estimated 30% of people around the world living with nearsightedness. Also known as myopia, this common condition is thankfully quite treatable. Knowing what signs to take note of may prompt you to get the care you need before your vision worsens.
Dr. Melanie Frogozo, Dr. Swati Kumar, and their expert team at Alamo Eye Care in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, diagnose nearsightedness and provide myopia management to help you see more clearly.
Here, we explore more about nearsightedness, including ways it plays out and how to improve your vision once it does.
Nearsightedness seems to be genetic, so if it runs in your family, you’re more likely to develop it. The condition stems from the shape of your eyes. Rather than being a normal round shape, they’re too long or more oval-shaped. This causes light rays that should be focused on nerve tissue near the backs of your eyes to focus near the front instead. The result is blurry distance vision.
Difficulty seeing from a distance is the primary symptom of nearsightedness, but it’s not the only one.
Other signs of nearsightedness include eye strain, the need to squint to see clearly, and frequent headaches.
If your child experiences nearsightedness, they may not talk about the blurred vision. Still, you can notice other signs, such as difficulty with homework or other activities that require clear vision.
For adults, myopia may be most obvious when you’re attempting to read aisle markers in a store or street signs while you’re driving. Nearsightedness may also occur primarily in dim light, a condition known as night myopia.
If you’re showing signs of nearsightedness, your provider at Alamo Eye Care can diagnose the condition through a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam, your optometrist dilates your eyes using special drops. This allows for an in-depth analysis.
You also go through vision tests that have you look through corrective lenses of various strengths to see which ones help clarify your vision. Once your eye doctor determines your prescription, you have the choice of treatments, such as:
The sooner you get support for your nearsightedness, the better your vision can be – and our team can help. Learn more about myopia, or get the care you need by calling Alamo Eye Care at 210-469-9744 (San Antonio) or 210-403-9050 (Austin). You can also request an appointment through our website.