How to Treat Myopia

How to Treat Myopia

Myopia is also called nearsightedness. This eye condition is extremely common, and several treatments can correct the vision of most people who have it. If objects that are further away appear blurry, it may be time to schedule an appointment with an optometrist. If you live in Kirkland, Renton, or one of the surrounding communities, contact Eye and Contact Lens Center to speak with our eye doctor.

Testing for Myopia

The first step in the treatment of myopia is to test for it to make certain that's what is affecting your vision. Eye exams include tests for your close-up vision as well as far away. The eye doctor will use a retinoscope to shine a light directly into your eyes and monitor the way it reflects off of the retinas. This can indicate to your eye doctor that you are nearsighted. A phoropter can then be used to measure your eyes and detect refractive errors to determine the best prescription for treating your myopia.

Treating Your Eyes for Myopia

Once your prescription is known, you can choose a myopia treatment. You may also have eye strain that was caused by myopia, and that gets better with treatment. Glasses are one of the most common ways to treat nearsightedness. They work with your eyes' shapes to refocus the rays of light onto your retinas. Contact lenses work in much the same way, but they don't alter your appearance.

Eye Surgery

Myopia can be corrected with surgery. A refractive surgical procedure, such as LASIK, can reshape your corneas so that they will properly focus incoming light on your retinas. Not every patient is a good candidate for this surgery, but many patients with a stable prescription can have the surgery and no longer need glasses or contacts.

See Your Eye Doctor

If you are experiencing frequent eye strain or you suspect you have myopia, you may need to schedule an appointment with an optometrist. If you live in or around Kirkland or Renton, WA, call Eye and Contact Lens Center today at (425) 822-8204 to learn more about myopia treatment and our other eye care services.

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