At Athens Family Vision Clinic, we offer adult and pediatric eye care for many conditions, including myopia. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a vision condition in which objects close to you appear clear, but objects far away appear blurry. Many people have myopia, but there are ways to control it.
Symptoms of Myopia
Myopia typically develops in childhood and continues to progress throughout adolescence. Symptoms of myopia include difficulty reading street signs and road markers, squinting to see distant objects, and headaches. Myopia can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. We offer comprehensive evaluations to diagnose myopia and can help you manage the condition with treatment.
Causes of Myopia
The exact cause of myopia is not known. However, several factors can contribute to its development. The most common cause of myopia is genetics, which is more likely to develop in people with a family history of short-sightedness. Other causes can include increased reading, too much close work, and excessive use of electronic devices. You can also control myopia through special contact lenses or glasses that we can fit you with at our office.
In most cases, myopia is diagnosed during a routine eye exam. Your eye doctor will ask questions about your vision and perform several tests to determine the severity of your condition. You will also undergo a series of vision tests to determine how well your eyes focus on objects at different distances. A diagnosis may be made quickly, but in some cases, you may need to wear special glasses or contact lenses for a few weeks before determining the severity of your condition.
Living with Myopia
Fortunately, you can live your everyday life with myopia as it does not cause any vision problems. However, be sure to visit us for a yearly eye exam if you have myopia. Early detection can prevent more severe vision problems from developing later in life. Myopia control can also help your child perform better in school. Many academic problems are caused by vision issues. Many children are timid to tell their parents if they are having issues with their vision at school. We can detect these vision issues and take the appropriate action.