What Is Myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness is one of the most common eye problems in the world.  Many cases of myopia begin at a young age, but it can also develop in adults. At Highland Family Eye Care, we provided residents of Saint Paul, MN with reliable eye care services for many years. Read on to learn more about myopia and how we treat it.

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Myopia in Children

Most often children notice that they have myopia when they have trouble seeing distant objects. Most often, this is noticed in school. Eyeglasses are the most common solution to myopia. In some cases, prescription eye drops will slow down the condition’s progression. Our eye doctor will diagnose and treat your child’s condition.

Myopia in Adults

Myopia that starts in childhood will usually continue through adulthood. Once the eyes have stopped growing, the progression of myopia typically slows down considerably.  This is not always the case, however, and many adults continue to experience a degradation of their vision as they get older. It is recommended that anyone who has had this condition from childhood undergo yearly eye exams.

Adults with myopia have several options when it comes to correction including eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery.  Adults who are interested in LASIK will need to make an appointment with their eye doctor to determine if they are good candidates.

Adults with sudden changes in their vision, including sudden onset myopia, should make an appointment with their eye doctor immediately.  Blurry vision is a leading indicator of several eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts, and multiple diseases that are the result of high blood pressure.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist in Saint Paul, MN

At Highland Family Eye Care, we have provided residents of Saint Paul, MN with reliable optometry services for man years. Call us today at (651) 699-5400 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.