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Clear eyesight is obviously of the utmost importance to our patients. At California Retina Associates, our ophthalmologists understand that you want to be able to see the world clearly as you go about your life.

One of the most commonly seen optical conditions in the United States is myopia, or nearsightedness. Tens of millions of people are affected by this condition, which causes far away objects to appear blurry and unclear.

We offer a range of procedures to help our patients see clearly, and when it comes to myopia we can help you in a variety of ways. You don’t want your child straining to see the blackboard at school.

If you’re a California resident looking for a skilled and experienced ophthalmologist, please call California Retina Associates today at 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755.

Causes of Myopia

To understand how myopia develops, you have to understand the basic facts of how the eye works.

Light enters your eyes through the cornea, which the outer covering of your eye. The cornea bends light through the pupil, the size of which is controlled by your iris. Light then passes through your lens, which further focuses the light onto your retina. The retina contains nerve cells that convert light into electrical impulses. These impulses are then sent by the optic nerve to your brain, where they are interpreted.

In myopic eyes, things go awry at the retinal stage. If your eyeball grows a little too long, light rays are focused in front of the retina instead of directly on it. This causes the familiar symptoms of nearsightedness: an inability to clearly see objects at a distance.

The condition is usually detected by an eye exam from a California ophthalmologist. Myopia tends to develop as we age and our eyes grow. Eye strain is a common cause, but preventing myopia is very difficult. There’s a genetic component to the condition.

Treating Myopia

The treatment of myopia is relatively simple. The vast majority of patients can be treated using prescription lenses, either in glasses or contacts.

Laser surgery can provide a more long-term solution to your nearsightedness, and our California ophthalmologists will be happy to refer you to local doctors who can perform this procedure.

The important thing with myopia is to treat it early. There’s no reason you or your child should have to go through life in a blur.

If you live in California and you want to speak to an ophthalmologist about diagnosing and treating your myopia, please contact California Retina Associates today. 

California Retina Associates

Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243

La Mesa Office
8851 Center drive, Suite 406
La Mesa, CA 91942