What Is Myopia?
Over 130 million people in America are dealing with myopia (nearsightedness), making it one of the most pervasive refractive vision impairments. Nearsightedness leads to problems with seeing (or an inability to see) items or images that are not close to the eye. In other words, distant objects or images may be hazy or impossible to see.
There are three types of myopia: extreme, moderate, and mild. Those with myopia can generally see close-up relatively well but have issues seeing distant items, such as traffic signs, chalkboards at work or in the classroom, or their television.
For those who have myopia, we have multiple choices available to deal with it and help enhance your vision. At Heart of America Eye Care, we diagnose vision issues like nearsightedness and offer appropriate corrective options that can accommodate your daily routine. Contact a location in Overland Park or Shawnee Mission, KS, or Belton, MO to schedule an eye exam if you have noticed differences in your vision or are having trouble seeing far-away items.
"I have seen Dr. K for nearly 20 years. Because of severe myopia, I have always seen an ophthalmologist rather than an optometrist. He recently did cataract surgery on both my eyes with excellent, almost life-changing outcomes! I was impressed with the surgical process, attention to detail and the care pre-during-post surgery. As part of the post-surgical care I have been seeing Dr. Stephanie Erker and have been equally impressed with her - she spends the time necessary to answer your questions and has a warm, cordial personality. I guess you could say I'm a happy camper."- C.A. / Google / Jul 26, 2019
How Is Myopia Treated?
If you are diagnosed with myopia, you have several treatment options to choose from, depending on your prescription and activity level. We most often prescribe glasses or contact lenses to create clearer vision. Others might be a candidate for laser vision correction surgery for long-term results. If you would like to have laser vision correction, we can help you determine whether you could be a good candidate.
Solutions for Myopia
Living with eyesight that is not as clear as it used to be can often lead to other unpleasant symptoms, for example, migraines and aching eyes. Nearsightedness is an extremely common vision impairment that, happily, is often fully treatable. Wearing corrective lenses or having refractive laser surgery could seriously enhance your day-to-day life. Get in touch with Heart of America Eye Care in Overland Park or Shawnee Mission, KS, or Belton, MO to learn more or schedule your exam.