Myopia is simply the clinical term for nearsightedness. When you see things up close very well but you have difficulty focusing on things that are further in the distance, you probably have myopia. It is a very common visual deficiency and is easily correctable by either the use of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. At Quality Optical of Columbia, you will receive a comprehensive eye exam from our Clarksville optometrist
and through the use of various tests, myopia as well as other possible vision concerns will be detected. It is important to have an eye exam every year, not only so that you can address myopia, hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia, but also to be screened for common eye diseases. Even if you already have eyeglasses or contacts, your prescription may need updating since your eyes do change and with them so do your vision needs over time.
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Myopia is caused by the curvature of your cornea being too severe. This leads to light entering your eye and then hitting your retina in the front instead of directly as it should. As a result, you have problems seeing things that are not nearby. While not a dangerous condition, it is certainly not ideal and can make certain activities unsafe, such as trying to see street signs when you are driving. So, what causes myopia? Most commonly it is inherited. If either of your parents are or were nearsighted, then you have a much greater chance of being nearsighted too. If both your parents had myopia, this only increases the likelihood. In addition to the genetic angle, keratoconus, a degenerative disease of the cornea, can lead to myopia as can having cataracts. Not coincidentally, cataracts are one of the eye diseases for which you will be screened during your exam. Symptoms associated with myopia include blurred vision while trying to focus on objects in the distance, headaches resulting from eye strain, and difficulties with night driving. Children may sit too close to the TV, hold reading material too close to their face, or they may squint. If you notice any of these signs in your child or yourself, make an appointment with our Clarksville optometrist
With the dawning of a new year, this is the perfect time to make your eye health and your vision a priority. It all starts with an eye exam and our Clarksville optometrist
is ready to get you started.
Clarksville Eye Care
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway
Columbia, Maryland 21045
By Quality Optical
January 23, 2014