What Causes Myopia and How Do You Treat It?

Myopia is another name for nearsightedness. Objects close up look clear, but anything far away is blurry. What causes myopia? There are different causes of myopia, but the main cause is the shape of the eyeball you are born with. At Optical Expressions, we have been providing residents of Phoenix and Scottsdale with reliable myopia treatment options for many years.

What Is Myopia?

People with myopia are born with eyeballs that are too long, causing light to fall on the front of the retina. With eyeballs of normal length, light falls directly on the retina’s surface. Another eyeball shape problem that you can be born with is a cornea or lens that is too curved to properly focus light on the retina. Some unlucky people are born with two or three of these problems at once.

What Causes Myopia?

Myopia usually appears during childhood, but it can also develop during adulthood. A very rare condition is called degenerative myopia, which can cause blindness if left untreated. Myopia also increases a patient’s risk of developing cataracts. Our optometrist will assess your eyes to determine the type of myopia you are suffering from and provide the corresponding treatment.

Myopia Treatment

The first part of treatment is to find a good eye doctor to identify the root cause of your myopia. Usually, eyeglasses or contact lenses are all that is necessary to correct nearsightedness. Eye exercises can also be helpful since they improve eye function and circulation within the eye. However, these exercises are not enough to correct myopia on their own. People who do not want to wear glasses may benefit from eye surgery. Our eye doctor will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for corrective surgery.

Contact Our Optometrist for Myopia Treatment in Scottsdale and Phoenix 

If you are looking for myopia treatment in Phoenix or Scottsdale, the optometry professionals at Optical Expressions are ready to assist you. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online.

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