Myopia FAQs

Myopia is another term for nearsightedness, which is an eye condition often treated by Curtis R. Anderson, O.D. Myopia sufferers have elongated eyes and are unable to see distant objects. If you believe that you are suffering from myopia, you should schedule an eye exam with our optometrist in Lawrence to correct your vision. Following are answers to questions Dr. Anderson frequently receives regarding myopia.

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What Is the Difference between Myopia and Hyperopia?

Myopia is also known as nearsightedness and is when you are unable to see objects clearly at a distance but can see objects clearly that are close to you. Hyperopia is another term for farsightedness and is when a person cannot see objects up close but objects that are far away can be seen clearly.

Is There a Certain Age Group That Is More Vulnerable to Myopia?

School-aged children are more likely to develop myopia than others. Anyone can develop myopia, but it is more prevalent among children that have parents with myopia. Lack of outdoor time, mostly for children, is the leading factor in myopia. People who spend a lot of time indoors looking at screens are more likely to develop myopia.

What Are the Symptoms of Myopia? 

Our optometrist will conduct an eye exam to determine whether or not your visual difficulties are due to myopia and provide treatment accordingly. Symptoms of myopia include:

  • Being able to see close objects but not distant objects.
  • Squinting frequently. Squinting is seen in patients that have myopia since it helps them focus better on distant objects.
  • Headaches. Constant eye strain and blurry vision can result in headaches.
  • Difficulty driving at night. Since myopia makes it hard to see at a distance, it only gets worse at night.

Can Myopia Progress?

Myopia is usually seen in young children whose eyes are still developing. The eye’s development can change during this time depending on the child’s habits and environment. Viewing close objects frequently can cause changes to the shape of the eye. However, changing these habits can lead to a reversal in the development of myopia.

How is Myopia Treated?

Treatment will vary depending on the severity of your condition. Sometimes, combining treatments is the best course of action. We can determine your best course of treatment after conducting an eye exam. However, outdoor time, atropine eye drops, prescription glasses, and Ortho-K are just a few treatments that we offer for myopia.

Visit Our Optometrist for Eye Care in Lawrence

If you are looking for myopia treatment in Lawrence, Curtis R. Anderson, O. D. is ready to assist you. For more information or to schedule an eye exam, call us today at (785) 843-8200.