at Omaha Primary Eye Care
Also known as nearsightedness, myopia is a common condition in which people have trouble seeing something in the distance while still seeing objects up close clearly. People with myopia have difficulty reading a blackboard in a classroom or signs on the highway while driving.
Myopia is diagnosed during an eye exam and is a vision condition commonly diagnosed before the age of 20, although adults can develop myopia, too, due to certain conditions and diseases, such as diabetes.
How is myopia treated?
For most people with myopia, eyeglasses or contact lenses are prescribed to correct their vision.
Some adults may choose to have surgery, such as LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) or PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) to treat their myopia so that they don’t need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) or CRT (corneal refractive therapy) are non-surgical ways to treat myopia in which a special contact lens is worn at night, while sleeping, to reshape the cornea and provide clear vision during the day, without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Children are typically prescribed eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision upon diagnosis of myopia. In some cases, the condition will stabilize by the time the child becomes an adult. In other cases, myopia can progressively worsen as the child ages. This occurs because the eyeball shape continues to grow over time and impact the child’s sight.
The most common symptoms of progressive myopia include:
- Eye strain
- Fatigue, particularly after looking at objects in the distance for extended periods
Children with progressive myopia are at a higher risk of developing eye health problems later in life. These problems can include retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. The doctors at Omaha Primary EyeCare will recommend treatment to control the progression of myopia so that it doesn’t get any worse. For children with progressive myopia, treatment may be comprised of wearing special contact lenses while they sleep at night to reshape their corneas which will offer them clear vision during the day without the use of eyeglasses and which may slow the progression of myopia.
At Omaha Primary Eye Care, the first step to managing myopia is by visiting our office for a comprehensive eye exam or pediatric eye exam. Our optometrists will perform various tests to check your eyes or your child’s eyes, determine your overall eye health, and screen for myopia. If myopia is discovered, your doctor will guide you through the proper treatment plan for correcting the issue and preventing further progression.
Myopia control in Omaha
Interested in learning more about myopia management? Schedule an eye exam at Omaha Primary EyeCare and let us know you want to learn more about myopia control.