Myopia is the technical term for what most people call nearsightedness. It’s a disorder affecting the eyes that prevents affected people from seeing faraway objects clearly. A person with myopia can still see clearly any objects that are up close, but anything far away — text on a sign, people, the television across the room — is blurry and even illegible.
In most people with myopia, the cause is simple and is nothing to be alarmed about. Typically, the eyeball itself is slightly elongated or otherwise misshapen. As a result, the light received from faraway images doesn’t bend correctly and cannot focus properly.
This is why nearsighted people often squint to try to make sense of a sign that’s far away. They are manipulating slightly the shape of their eye in an attempt to gain more focus.
Myopia is typically caused by a slight misshaping of the eye. Usually, this is simply genetic. However, some recent studies suggest that myopia is worse among children who spend more time on screens and less time outdoors. While more study is needed, it is possible that a lack of using long-range vision at certain ages is leading to an increase in myopia.
The Symptoms of Myopia
The most obvious symptom of myopia is not being able to see objects that are far away. If others can read a sign clearly and you cannot, for example, you’re likely dealing with myopia. Many children are first diagnosed in the early years at school, where it becomes clear to a parent or teacher that the child cannot see what others are seeing.
There are other common symptoms of myopia as well. Watch out for these, especially in children who might not know they need a corrective vision solution.
Eyestrain, especially after long periods (classroom, watching TV from across the room, etc.)
Headaches without another explanation
Squinting to try to improve vision, especially of faraway objects
Can Myopia Be Prevented?
No, not completely. Some 25% of the population has been nearsighted for as long as we’ve been able to measure large populations. It can be a genetic trait as well, passed from parent to child.
Can Myopia Be Treated?
Yes, myopia or nearsightedness is highly treatable. Most people who have myopia will be able to see perfectly or nearly perfectly with the right pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Corrective surgery, such as LASIK, can often correct myopia as well.
Does Myopia Get Worse?
Often, it does. Children with myopia often see their nearsightedness progress through childhood and adolescence. It’s much rarer for myopia to get worse in early adulthood, but old age can be another period of progression.
Can Myopia Be Slowed?
Yes, it can. Many people with myopia do not realize that there are treatments available that do more than simply correct vision. Some treatments can actually slow the progression of myopia, or even temporarily correct it without further intervention.
MiSight® Contact Lenses
Children ages eight to 12 have a contact lens solution that’s FDA-approved to slow the progression of myopia. MiSight lenses must be worn daily for at least 10 hours. They correct vision in the moment, of course, but they also slow the lengthening of the eye (and as a result, the progression of myopia).
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Corneal Refractive Therapy
Corneal refractive therapy is a different and innovative approach, where patients wear specially designed contact lenses overnight. These lenses will temporarily reshape the cornea, giving over 90% of wearers much better vision (20/40 or better) the following day.
The downside to corneal refractive therapy is that patients must keep up the regimen of wearing the lenses. Vision reverts to previous levels when a person stops using these lenses.
Corneal refractive therapy isn’t for everyone. But it can be an excellent option for patients who don’t tolerate glasses well (or who don’t enjoy wearing contacts during the day).
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Synergeyes iD Lenses
This option is best for patients outside of the parameters for other treatment lenses, due to a high prescription, astigmatism, or an irregular cornea. Hybrid lenses combine two types of materials into one unique lens. The center is made of rigid material to give you clear and stable vision, while the surrounding soft skirt keeps the lenses comfortable throughout the day.
Both parts of your SynergEyes iD lenses are personalized for you based on the shape and vision requirements of your unique eyes, providing you comfortable, personalized vision.
Even those with astigmatism will experience clear, stable vision, without the hassle of blur caused by toric lens rotation.
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