Vision Conditions

Myopia

MyopiaNearsightedness, or myopia, is a vision condition in which close objects can be seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred. Nearsightedness occurs if the eyeball is too long or the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, has too much curvature. As a result, the light entering the eye isn’t focused correctly on the retina and distant objects appear blurred.

Nearsightedness is a common vision condition affecting nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population. Some research supports the theory that nearsightedness is hereditary, but there is also growing evidence that it is influenced by the visual stress of too much close work in modern lifestyles.

Generally, nearsightedness first occurs in school-age children and continues to progress until about age 20, but nearsightedness may also develop in adults due to visual stress or health conditions such as diabetes. Depending on the amount of nearsightedness, you may only need to wear glasses or contact lenses for certain activities, such as watching a movie or driving a car, but if you are very nearsighted, they may need to be worn all the time. Let us help correct your vision to a sharp, clear focus.