Myopia, also called nearsightedness, refers to the inability to see objects or images clearly unless they are up close. Myopia is a very common condition. In fact, it is one of the most frequently diagnosed eye conditions, particularly in children and younger adults.
Myopia presents more than just a minor inconvenience, however. It can also threaten one’s long-term vision. If not properly addressed, myopia can eventually lead to the development of a number of other serious ocular diseases later in life, such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Thankfully, the experienced team at Bergen Optometry can help prevent all of this.
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back. This causes light to focus in front of the retina as opposed to directly onto it. For people with myopia, distant objects will appear blurry while nearby objects will be clear.
Myopia usually develops during the childhood years, as this is when the eyes tend to experience the most significant growth. Over time, the condition will typically continue to progress and worsen, sometimes gradually, other times rapidly. Fortunately, myopia can be easily and effectively managed through the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses.
Myopia management involves a series of treatment methods designed to slow the condition’s rate of progression. This is accomplished by introducing changes to the structure of the eye. Treatment can also help to alleviate much of the stress and fatigue that is often experienced by myopia sufferers.
Once a personalized treatment strategy is in place, the doctor will continue to monitor and measure results every 6-12 months to ensure maximum efficacy. Any necessary changes will be implemented accordingly.
Contact Bergen Optometry today and see how myopia management can help you or your child experience clearer, sharper vision and a better quality of life.