Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, occurs when you can focus clearly on objects that are close but items that are far away appear blurry without the help of glasses or contact lenses. In order for objects to be seen clearly, they need to be focused on the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. However, if the eye is either too short or too long, it can result in reduced vision quality because images are focused in front of or behind the retina. At Fifty Dollar Eye Guy in Pensacola, FL, we provide comprehensive eye exams to diagnose myopia and offer treatment to help preserve your vision.
The Importance of Myopia Control
When myopia is controlled, it can reduce the condition by 60%. If it is not managed, myopia can become worse over time and require prescriptions of -0.50 D or more per year in order to achieve clearer vision. Moreover, myopia can cause other conditions and diseases that can affect your eye health, such, as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. The severity of myopia increases the chances of developing these conditions and diseases.
Treatment for Myopia
There are various treatments available for myopia. Corneal Reshaping Contact Lenses, also known as night lenses, are worn overnight and removed in the morning. These lenses can modify the curvature of the cornea, which can provide clear vision during the day and eliminate glasses or regular contact lenses. This treatment also effectively refracts light and improve acuity. Not only that, but it can also reduce the progression of myopia by 50%.
Soft bifocal contact lenses are often prescribed for individuals who are 40 years old or older to help with reading and distance vision. These lenses bend light to focus on the retina and can slow down the progression of myopia.
While it is not known how medication can prevent myopia from progressing, lower concentration (0.01%) medication can effectively decrease the progression of myopia by an average of 60%. It is important to note that this lower concentration does not cause side effects, such as blurred near vision or increased light sensitivity, which are often associated with concentrations of the medication.
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To learn more about myopia and to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, contact Fifty Dollar Eye Guy in Pensacola, FL, today. We are happy to provide you with additional details and set you up with an appointment!