Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common condition that causes distant objects to appear blurry. Also called myopia, this condition is common enough that it is generally treatable by either contact lenses or glasses. If you visit Pflugerville Vision Care in Pflugerville, our optometrist will test you for nearsightedness as a part of your regular annual exam.
Symptoms of Nearsightedness
The first major indicator of this eye condition is when you are unable to see far-away objects as clearly as you once could. The condition can come on gradually, so it can be difficult to tell at first that there is a difference, and soon many patients become used to that difference and believe that it's normal. This is often because objects up close are as clear as they ever were. If far-away objects are fuzzy, chances are that you have some degree of nearsightedness.
What Causes Nearsightedness?
Nearsightedness is caused by the eye shape changing. This change causes the light rays that come into the eye to be incorrectly refracted. This results in the image being focused near the retina instead of on it. This causes poor eyesight that can get worse over time or stay the same indefinitely. This eye condition is often hereditary running through families and having a family history of the condition puts you at a higher risk for it.
Who Gets Nearsightedness?
In addition to family risk, it can also show up in people who have no family history of the condition. Anyone of any age can become nearsighted. It is common for it to start in childhood and to progress throughout the childhood years into adolescence. Children should begin receiving eye exams so that any eye problems are caught early and be treated with glasses. For adults, contacts, or glasses will often correct the condition, but some patients are good candidates for refractive surgery to cure the condition permanently.
Your Annual Eye Exam in Pflugerville
Letting the condition go can lead to headaches, migraines, eye strain, and other problems. If you're in the Pflugerville area and suspect you may have nearsightedness, the eye care professionals at Pflugerville Vision Care are ready to assist you. Call us today at (512) 251-4099 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.