Myopia (Nearsightedness)

What does nearsighted mean?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is one of the most common conditions that affects a person’s vision. People who are Myopic (nearsighted) have difficulty seeing things that are far away. Basically objects that are far away appear blurry. Anyone, regardless of age can experience nearsightedness. Almost 10 million adults in the United States are nearsighted. While Myopia can make simple tasks more difficult, it can easily be corrected. Continue reading below to learn more about Myopia (nearsightedness), and how it can be treated.

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  1. What does nearsighted mean?
  2. What causes nearsightedness?
  3. What are the symptoms of nearsightedness?
  4. How is nearsightedness treated?

If you have trouble seeing objects that are far away, or believe you may be suffering from Myopia (nearsightedness), schedule an appointment with San Antonio Eye Pros today! One of our experienced eye specialists will be happy to help you diagnose and treat your vision problems. Give us a call, visit our office, or fill out the form below to schedule your appointment.




What does nearsighted mean?

If you are nearsighted, it means that you are experiencing a refractive error called Myopia. What this means is that your eye is not properly focusing light on your retina. Patients who are nearsighted can clearly see objects that are close, however, objects that are further away appear blurry. 

What causes nearsightedness?

What causes nearsightedness?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is caused by a refractive error in the eye. Basically the eye is focusing the light in front of the retina instead of on the retina. The severity of this error determines the severity of the vision problem. The further the focal point is away from the retina, the more blurry distant objects will appear. 

There are two primary causes of nearsightedness. One cause has to do with the shape of the eye while the other has to do with the curvature of the lens. If the patient’s eye is too long, the lens may focus light in front of the retina instead of directly on it. Likewise, if the curvature of the lens is too steep, the light will be refracted too much and be focused in front of the retina. Both of these conditions can lead to nearsightedness. 


What are the symptoms of nearsightedness (myopia)?

While objects appearing blurry is a common symptom of nearsightedness, it is not always obvious. Sometimes the blur can be so slight that patients don’t even notice. In addition to distant objects appearing blurry, there are a variety of other symptoms of nearsightedness that can be identified. Keep an eye out for these symptoms as they may be a sign of myopia. 

  • Squinting to see distant objects
  • Trouble reading signs at a distance 
  • Eyestrain 
  • Headaches 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above feel free to schedule an eye exam with one of our eye professionals today. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your appointment.


How is nearsightedness treated?

Patients suffering from nearsightedness have a few different treatment options available to them. Some nearsightedness treatments that are effective in correcting the refractive error include eyeglasses, contact lenses, and even LASIK eye surgery. In some cases wearing glasses for specific activities such as driving or reading at distance is sufficient while in other cases more permanent refractive surgery is a better option. 


Myopia (nearsightedness) treatment at San Antonio Eye Pro

The eye experts at San Antonio Eye Pro have been helping patients enjoy clear vision since 2013. If you have any questions about correcting nearsightedness or would like to schedule an eye exam at one of our convenient locations, contact us today. Give us a call or fill out the online contact form below and one of our friendly eye specialists will be happy to help you.