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Myopia, also called nearsightedness, refers to the inability to see objects clearly unless they’re situated very close to the eyes. Myopia is a very common condition. In fact, it’s one of the most frequently diagnosed optical conditions, particularly among children and young adults.
Myopia is than just a minor inconvenience. It can also pose a serious threat to an individual’s long-term vision. If not addressed properly, myopia can eventually lead to ocular diseases later in life, such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Thankfully, the myopia management services at Valley Eye Associates can help!
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back. This causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly onto it. For people with nearsightedness, distant objects will appear blurry while close-up objects will remain clear.
Myopia typically develops during childhood, as this is when the eyeballs experience a period of rapid growth. Over time, the condition will usually continue to progress through the late teen years, sometimes gradually, other times rapidly. Fortunately, myopia can be corrected through the use of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Managing myopia typically involves a series of treatments designed to slow the condition’s rate of progression. This is accomplished by inducing changes to the eyes’ structure. This process can also help to alleviate the stress and fatigue that is often associated with myopia.
Valley Eye Associates offers customized treatment plans for patients who have been diagnosed with myopia. Our experienced doctors will work closely with you to develop a treatment strategy that is designed to address your unique needs.
Once a plan is in place, we will continue to monitor progress and measure results every 6-12 months to ensure ongoing efficacy. Any changes to our treatment plan that we deem necessary will be implemented accordingly.
Contact Valley Eye Associates today and see how myopia management can help you or your child experience clearer, sharper vision and a better quality of life.