The National Eye Institute estimates that up to 42 percent of the American population suffers from myopia. This is also called being nearsighted and refers to a vision condition where you can see things close up very clearly, but not things far away. It's not a disorder, but rather what an ophthalmologist would call a refractive error. Myopia treatment is just a phone call away. At Eye Care Specialists in Kissimmee, we offer many varieties of treatment for myopia, including a consultation with an eye surgeon if necessary.
Symptoms of Myopia
If you are wondering if you or your child has myopia, consider the following symptoms:
• Distant objects look fuzzy but close objects do not
• Eye pain
• Fatigue reading, using a computer, or driving
• A change in school grades, attention span seems shorter, they hold things closer to their face
Defining Refractive Error
If you have myopia, our Kissimmee ophthalmologist may tell you that you have a refractive error. This means that the shape of your eyeball is abnormal. When your eye tries to see, the lens and the cornea work to bend light for the retina. If either the lens or the cornea is improperly shaped, light instead bends away from the retina. This means you will see things clearly in front of you, but not far away.
To diagnose myopia, our ophthalmologist will use visual acuity tests with letters on a chart, and dilated eye exams or refractory assessments. This will confirm myopia in just a few minutes, and the complete eye exam will also help your doctor rule out several other eye problems.
Most Common Myopia Treatments
Myopia is not the end of the world when it comes to your vision. Near-sighted people can function with easy myopia treatment such as glasses or contacts. In some cases, myopia treatment may include a consultation with an eye surgeon which can be performed on-site.
There are two different kinds of myopia – low myopia and high myopia. If you are diagnosed with high myopia, treatment may be more advanced and include an eye surgeon. High myopia could put you more at risk of developing other eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye disorders.
Start Myopia Treatment Early
If you are looking for myopia treatment in Kissimmee, Florida, contact Eye Care Specialists today. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (407) 483-0328.