Myopia Care at Texas City Eye Consultants
If you have myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, your world may seem very limited indeed. This refractive error can turn distant objects into a blur, leaving you with clarity only in your near to mid range visual fields. Fortunately, you don't have let myopia limit your quality of life. That's because our team at Texas Eye Consultants can provide you with a variety of solutions for this all-too-common vision problem, from corrective lenses to LASIK surgery co-management.
Why does nearsightedness occur? It usually has to do with the shape of the eye. Normally, the eyeball is perfectly spherical, which allows incoming light to be focused by the lens so that it comes into perfect focus when it reaches the retina in the back of the eye. If the eye is elongated like an egg sitting on its side, the incoming light will come into focus too soon, with the image forming in front of the retina instead of directly on it.
As a result, near objects may appear sharply focused, but distant objects appear blurry. (In hyperopia, or farsightedness, a foreshortened eye causes the opposite effect.) Excessive close work, such as reading or computer use, may encourage myopia progression, especially during childhood.
Vision Testing and Correction for Myopia Sufferers
Texas City Eye Consultants can confirm a case of myopia during a comprehensive eye and vision exam. Once we see exactly how nearsighted you are, we can give you a precise prescription for corrective lenses to compensate for the abnormal refraction. Eyeglasses and contact lenses both do a fine job of correcting for nearsightedness in both children and adults. But there's another, even more, exciting option for younger eyes: Orthokeratology (Ortho-K). Ortho-K involves the use of specialized contacts that are generally worn only during sleep. the lenses temporarily "mold" the corneas to create lens-free clarity of vision during waking hours. Better yet, research indicates that these lenses can actually help slow the development of myopia during those formative years.
If you'd like to overcome your myopia without any kind of lenses at all, vision correction surgery such as LASIK can make it possible. We can evaluate your fitness for such a procedure, make the necessary surgical referral, and then provide post-operative care and monitoring to help you achieve the results you seek.
Need Help for Nearsightedness? Contact Our Clinic
Nearsightedness is an inconvenience, but the right eye and vision care can help you overcome this hurdle. Call Texas City eye Consultants at (409) 945-5511 for an eye and vision exam. We'll be happy to recommend the ideal corrective strategy for any pair of eyes in your family!