The Myopia Institute’s mission is to provide patients with accurate and up-to-date information about myopia and myopia control methods. We can also help patients find an optometrist through our online directory. Today, we will talk about the signs of myopia and explain what you can do about this condition:
Signs of Myopia
Myopia can start affecting vision early in childhood or later in life, so it’s important to recognize its signs. Fortunately, it’s symptoms are easily noticed. Patients who suffer from myopia experience blurry vision when looking at distant objects. They can only clearly see objects that are nearby, which is why myopia is also known as nearsightedness. Other signs include headaches caused by eyestrain, the need to squint or partially close the eyelids to see clearly and excessive blinking.
The cornea and the lens have are responsible for refracting incoming light into your eyes and focusing them into a clear image for the retina. If the cornea or lens is not even and smoothly curved, the light rays are not reflected properly, causing a refractive error. Myopia occurs when the cornea is curved too steeply or when the eyeball is longer than normal. The Myopia Institute recommends getting a regular eye exam from your eye doctor so they can test for refractive errors.
Controlling Myopia Progression
You can slow the progression of myopia by using atropine eyedrops, orthokeratology lenses and by using peripheral defocus modifying contact lenses. You can also make lifestyle changes to maintain your visual health. We recommend getting regular eye exams and eating healthy foods like leafy greens and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids. Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses that can block harmful UV rays. Stop smoking if you are a smoker.
The Myopia Institute can provide you with more information regarding proven myopia control methods. The methods we support are backed by peer-reviewed studies. Call us at (301) 363-0060 to learn more about nearsightedness. We work with patients in Dallas, TX, and other areas.