Nearsightedness Care at Eye Specialists of Louisiana

An older man sitting on a sofa with glasses in hand, gripping his forehead between his eyes symbolizing vision trouble.Nearsightedness is a prevalent eye condition that affects about 30% of the US population. In fact, most of the people you see wearing glasses are living with some form of this eye issue.

At Eye Specialists of Louisiana, our top priority is clearer vision for all patients. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed with nearsightedness, are experiencing new or worsening symptoms, like blurry vision, or simply want to learn more about this common condition, we are here to help with all of your eye care needs. 

Let’s take a deeper look at nearsightedness, including causes, symptoms, and available treatment options. 

What is Nearsightedness?

Myopia, more commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is an eye condition that occurs when your eyeball is too long or the cornea of the eye is too curved. This causes light rays to be focused in front of your retina instead of on it.  

The result is that you can see objects close to you clearly, but those far away become blurry. 

Risk Factors

Nearsightedness tends to be passed down through genetics as it is more commonly seen in people who have a family history of the condition. Although you have a high risk if at least one family member has it, your risk is highest if both parents are nearsighted. 

There is also evidence that supports the idea that nearsightedness may occur due to environmental and lifestyle factors such as:

  • Not spending a lot of time outdoors
  • Those who perform an excessive amount of nearsighted work regularly
  • Patients with diabetes 

Symptoms

Nearsightedness tends to be diagnosed during childhood and early adolescence and is typically accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Blurry vision when trying to focus on things far away
  • Headaches, especially accompanied by pain behind the eyes 
  • Squinting
  • The need to sit closer to something like televisions, computers, or the board in a classroom
  • Excessive blinking
  • Persistent eye rubbing

If you or a loved one is experiencing any symptoms consistent with nearsightedness, we recommend an eye exam for further evaluation and necessary treatment. 

Nearsightedness Treatment

The ultimate goal of treating nearsightedness is to improve vision by helping to adjust the focus of light properly on the retina. The most common treatment for this condition is prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Other treatment options include refractive surgery such as LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). 

Advanced Eye Care Solutions Near You

Your eyes matter to us. They are one of the more critical parts of your body as they help you navigate the world around you. If you struggle with nearsightedness, clearer vision is attainable. Don’t put off diagnosis and treatment anymore; choose to see more clearly today.

To learn more about nearsightedness or other eye diseases, we encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling 225-396-3132. Regular eye exams are the best way to stay on top of your eyesight. Our compassionate eye care specialists are here to help you align your focus and perfect your vision.