If you struggle to see things well at far distances, you might be nearsighted. About 40% of people in the United States have this condition. At Eye Luv Lucy Optometry in San Jose, California, Lucy Yen, OD, and her experienced team can diagnose and treat nearsightedness to help you see clearly and give you a better quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is a condition that makes it difficult for you to see things that are far away. This vision problem might make it hard to drive, read signs from far away, or see a chalkboard at school. Treatment with Eye Luv Lucy Optometry can help you see clearly at every distance.
Signs and symptoms associated with being nearsighted include:
At the first sign of nearsightedness, see the Eye Luv Lucy Optometry team for an evaluation.
While anybody can have nearsightedness, some factors increase your risk of developing it. Nearsightedness tends to run in families, and your risk is highest if both of your parents are nearsighted. Lack of time spent outdoors may also increase your chance of becoming nearsighted.
To find out if you’re nearsighted, your optometrist completes a basic eye examination. This includes a dilated eye health exam and refraction assessment to determine the type of vision problem you have. They also test your vision by having you read an eye chart from a distance.
Depending on your age and how severe your vision problem is, your eye specialist may recommend one of the following vision correction treatments for better myopic control:
Wearing eyeglasses is a simple, cost-effective way to improve your vision if you have nearsightedness.
Wearing contact lenses can sharpen your vision to help you see clearly from far away and short distances.
Refractive surgery is a simple procedure that can correct your vision, so you don’t have to wear contact lenses or glasses to see clearly.
To correct nearsightedness, your eye specialist may recommend a type of refractive therapy called orthokeratology. This therapy uses specialty contact lenses to reshape the cornea and reduce nearsightedness.
Atropine eye drops are prescription drops that dilate the eye’s pupil. These drops, when used daily, may slow down the progression of nearsightedness.
If you struggle to see clearly because of nearsightedness, schedule an eye exam with Eye Luv Lucy Optometry by phone or online today.