A Common Vision Problem – Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common vision condition by which people have problems focusing on objects in the distance. Close up vision tends not to be altered however, except in cases of very high nearsighted.

Nearsighted is one of the primary reasons why people schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor. Symptoms may include difficulty driving, taking notes in the classroom or boardroom, or recognizing a friends face from afar. Nearsighted people may find themselves trying to squint their eyes in order to better focus on distant objects, which can lead to frontal and temporal headaches.

Perceptually, nearsighted people often experience greater distance blur at night or in low lighting versus during daylight or bright lighting. This sends conflicting messages and can delay booking an appointment with an eye doctor. Regardless of the lighting though, images tend to seem slightly fuzzy and lack definition.

Nearsightedness can be a progressive condition, where by the amount of correction required may slowly increase over time. Nearsighted is the result of light focusing in front of the retina. This can be the result of an increase in the overall lenght of the eye. As such, routine eye exams by an eye doctor are recommended.

Common urban myths surround nearsighted include:

Wearing eyeglasses makes your vision worse - False

Not wearing your eyeglasses helps to strengthen or improve your vision - False

People who are diagnosed as being nearsighted by an eye doctor have treatment options. Treatment options for nearsightedness include: eyeglasses, contact lenses and refractive eye surgery procedures. Your eye doctor can help you to determine which treatment option is best suited for you.

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