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 faraway 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 looking for a skilled and experienced ophthalmologist that can treat myopia in San Diego, please call California Retina Associates today at (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 and request an appointment.

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 is 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 or nearsighted 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.

People with myopia normally can read the text of a book or on a computer screen, but find it challenging to see objects farther away. Myopia can also cause eyestrain and headaches when trying to focus on objects in the distance. Very high myopia can increase the risk of developing retinal detachment.

The condition is usually detected by an eye exam with an ophthalmologist. Myopia tends to develop as we age and our eyes grow. Preventing myopia is very difficult, as there’s a genetic component to the condition. Some studies also indicate that environmental factors, such as a lack of time spent outdoors and an increasing amount of time spent on computers or reading may come into play, too.

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 retina specialists 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.

Want More Information about Myopia in San Diego?

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