If you struggle to see things well from a distance, you may have nearsightedness, also known as myopia. At Alamo Eye Care in San Antonio, Texas, Melanie Frogozo, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Swati Kumar, OD, FAAO, and their highly trained team diagnose nearsightedness and offer myopia management to help you see clearly at all distances. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Myopia management, or management of nearsightedness, is vision correction that reduces blurriness when looking at objects from a distance. Myopia can occur during childhood or adolescence and worsen over time. Treatment includes wearing glasses or contact lenses or undergoing refractive eye surgery.
If you have myopia, you may notice the following symptoms:
Difficulty seeing far-away objects
Difficulty seeing while driving
Poor night vision
Frequent eye rubbing
If you have nearsightedness, you might have to sit close to a television or movie screen or sit in the front of the classroom at school.
While anyone can develop nearsightedness, this condition tends to run in families. If you have nearsighted parents, your chance of developing it increases. Your risk may also go up with a lack of time spent outdoors.
To determine if you’re nearsighted, your Alamo Eye Care specialist reviews your symptoms and eye health history. Then, they complete a basic eye exam and dilate your pupils to get an in-depth view of your eyes.
Vision testing includes refraction assessments that allow you to look through various corrective lenses. The test allows your eye doctor to determine your vision prescription. You also read numbers and letters on an eye chart from a distance.
Once your eye doctor determines your vision prescription, they treat nearsightedness using one of the following myopia management solutions:
Contact lenses sit on the surface of your eyes to correct vision problems. The Alamo Eye Care team offers various contacts that maximize comfort and perfect your vision at every distance.
If you prefer glasses over contacts, your eye specialist fits you for frames and eyeglass lenses that match your vision prescription.
Atropine eye drops dilate your pupils and, when used in targeted doses, can slow the progression of nearsightedness.
Refractive surgery is a procedure in which your eye doctor uses laser technology to reshape your cornea and improve vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
If you struggle to see clearly from afar because of nearsightedness, call the Alamo Eye Care office or schedule an appointment online today.