Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the most common vision problem among people age 40 and older. The team at Eyes on Hayden in Scottsdale, Arizona, diagnoses myopia through eye exams and gives prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses, which are available for sale at the practice’s optical shop. You don’t have to go through life squinting, getting headaches, and struggling to see things from afar. Schedule an appointment at Eyes on Hayden online or by phone today to get started.
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. If you’re myopic, you can see things nearby clearly, but things far away are blurry.
If you have uncorrected myopia, you may be able to read books and work at the computer without difficulty but struggle to read road signs or watch a movie in a theater. You may also experience symptoms like squinting, eye strain, and headaches.
Myopia usually begins in childhood. Often, children are diagnosed after they have trouble reading the whiteboard in school. Usually, myopia gets worse throughout childhood and adolescence and stabilizes in adulthood, but your vision may change again in middle age.
At Eyes on Hayden, your doctor diagnoses myopia as part of a comprehensive eye exam using a series of tests. These tests also help your doctor fine-tune a corrective lens prescription to treat your myopia.
One test is a visual acuity test, which determines how well you can see things at a distance compared with other people. Having 20/20 vision is considered normal visual acuity. If, for example, you have 20/40 vision, you need to be 20 feet away to see something clearly that a person with 20/20 vision can see from 40 feet away.
After your eye chart test, your optometrist performs a refraction. This test determines what corrective lens prescription you need to wear for clear 20/20 vision.
Many people simply choose to wear eyeglasses to treat their myopia. You may not need to wear your glasses all the time, and some people only wear glasses during certain activities, like driving or watch movies. Contact lenses are also a popular way to correct myopia.
For your convenience, Eyes on Hayden has an optical shop on-site with a full selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Though eyeglasses and contacts can help you see clearly, they can’t actually fix your myopia. If you want permanent clear uncorrected vision, you may want to explore laser eye surgery, also known as LASIK. LASIK is simple, safe, and effective, and your optometrist can educate you about the procedure, as well as provide a referral to an ophthalmologist.
Call Eyes on Hayden or use the online booking tool to schedule an eye exam today.