Myopia undercorrection was once believed to help control and manage the development of myopia. Unfortunately, scientific studies have shown that the blur produced by undercorrecting acts as a stimulus for increased nearsightedness. Today, your expert optometrist from The Myopia Institute, discusses myopia undercorrection and how to identify if you have the wrong eyeglass prescription:
What Is Myopia Undercorrection?
Optometrists have been routinely prescribing patients eyeglasses that provide them with distance vision that is slightly blurrier than 20/20. This was done because it was believed that undercorrection coukd help stop the eyeball from elongating, which leads to myopia. Fortunately, a study by Daniel O’Leary of Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge, England shed some light on the matter. His study found that the eyeball actually elongates faster when vision is undercorrected.
What Can You Do About It?
Daniel O’Leary’s study was conducted on children, although myopia undercorrection could be bad for adults as well. To avoid problems caused by myopia undercorrection, we recommend going to a trusted eye doctor every year for a comprehensive eye exam. When they prescribe glasses to you, talk to them and make sure that they are not undercorrecting your myopia.
It might also be useful to learn about the symptoms of having the wrong eyeglass prescription so you can correct this problem as soon as possible if you detect it. You should replace your current glasses if you experience headaches. These headaches might be caused by eye strain. Another sign is vertigo, or the feeling of being off balance while sitting or standing. Frequent squinting even though you wear eyeglasses is also a sign.
Our mission is to provide patients with information about reliable myopia control methods and to provide them with a directory of optometrists they can trust. Our website has easy-to-understand summaries of scientifically proven methods of myopia control. Call us at (301) 363-0060 to learn more about myopia. We serve patients in Dallas, TX, and nearby areas.