If you are able to clearly see objects that are close but not those that may be distant, you may have myopia. Also known as nearsightedness, myopia is a common condition that can worsen if it is not treated. Before you visit us at Engle Eyewear in Wilkes Barre, PA, for an exam and treatment, read about some signs of this condition below:
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia topically occurs due to an unusual lens, cornea, or eyeball shape. This makes it more difficult for the cornea and lens to reflect light onto the retina. As a result, it’s more of a challenge to see distant objects. Sedentary lifestyles and genetics also make it more likely that someone will develop myopia. Certain up-close activities, such as spending too much time in front of a computer or playing video games, can also contribute to developing the condition.
What Ages Does Myopia Affect?
Nearsightedness is one of the biggest concerns among those visiting a pediatric eye doctor. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), most cases of myopia begin between age 6 and 14 and continues to increase until age 20. The condition is typically stable between the ages of 20 and 40. After 40, you may begin noticing symptoms again.
Myopia tends to affect the aforementioned age groups more than others, however, it can develop at any age. In some cases, a rare condition known as degenerative myopia, can occur in older adults and even lead to blindness. People may be nearsighted and not realize it. Since the condition is hereditary, it is important to schedule regular eye exams for early detection and prompt treatment.
Treating Myopia with Eyeglasses
Most cases of myopia are easily corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. The lenses correct the refractive errors that make it difficult to focus. Some people will need to wear their glasses or contacts at all times, while others will need them only for certain activities. Our optometrist will examine your eyes, help you decide which method would best improve your vision, and how frequently to wear you’ll have to wear the eyeglasses or lenses.
Schedule an Eye Exam Today
At Engle Eyewear in Wilkes Barre, PA, we’re dedicated to helping you see more clearly and slowing down the progression of your condition. Contact us at (570) 208-1111 to learn more about our treatments and to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.