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Nearsightedness can confine your clarity of vision to an effective visual range of several yards or even several inches. If you suffer from this refractive error, you're in good company -- 30 percent of the U.S. population has the same problem. Fortunately, University Vision Centre can diagnose your nearsightedness and prescribe the ideal form of vision correction for your needs.
The clinical term for nearsightedness is myopia. This type of vision is known as a refractive error, a failure of the eye to refract incoming light so that it comes into focus precisely on the surface of the retina (the part of the eye that sends images to the optic nerves for processing by the brain). Myopia is typically caused by an eyeball that is elongated or egg-shaped instead of properly spherical. This abnormality causes the light to come into focus in front of the retina, not on it, causing distant objects to appear blurry or indistinct even though near close-up objects still register clearly.
Nearsightedness seems to run in families, making its first appearance during childhood and growing steadily worse through adolescence. It can be worsened by constant focus on near objects, although this emphasis on near focus can also cause "temporary myopia" due to eye muscle fatigue. Diseases such as diabetes or cataracts may also affect your near vision. (After age 40, your nearsightedness may be compounded by changes in the intraocular lens that add farsightedness to the equation; this condition is called presbyopia.)
Regular eye exams and vision tests can help you and your loved ones stay on top of nearsightedness . Since many children suffer from this refractive error, it's important to get it diagnosed and corrected as early as reasonably possible so your little ones can enjoy safe, productive school life without dealing with eye strain, headaches and difficulty reading blackboards. It's also critical to diagnose any underlying health problems that might be contributing to your vision difficulties. Any El Paso optometrist on our skilled team can use retinoscopy and other techniques to examine your eye's refractive tendencies and any related issues that may require treatment.
Vision testing with an eye chart remains a tried-and-true method for diagnosing myopia and other refractive errors; it also enables us to determine the right prescription for corrective lenses. Eyeglasses can correct almost any case of myopia with great accuracy. So can contact lenses, although certain types of contacts such as rigid gas permeable lenses may be more effective for strong prescriptions than ordinary soft contacts.
Don't let squinting, eye strain and fuzzy vision become a sad fact of your everyday life. Call University Vision Centre at 915-533-1811 to schedule an eye exam and vision test from our El Paso optometrist. We can help you say no to nearsightedness!
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