Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, is the most prevalent type of impaired vision in people under the age of forty, affecting an estimated 30-40% of the population. Westchester Eyecare Center in Los Angeles, California, provides personalized solutions to correct myopia. Find out more by booking an eye exam online or by calling to speak with a team member over the phone.
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. It means that you have a hard time reading distant objects, such as road signs, without corrective lenses. But viewing things up close, including a book or computer, isn’t a struggle.
Having myopia means your eye is more elongated than would be typical. This variant of eye shape causes light rays to focus at a point in front of your retina. When light entering your eye doesn't focus on the retina itself, you may feel like you have to squint to see or read things that are far away.
The exact cause of myopia isn't well-understood. Medical experts find that it runs in families, especially if one or both of your parents are nearsighted. Your risk of myopia further increases if you spend extensive time reading small text or looking at a computer.
Westchester Eyecare Center provides comprehensive eye exams for children, adults, and seniors if you're experiencing any vision problems. Aside from myopia making it difficult for you to see objects far away, it can also lead to:
Although these are just some of the signs and symptoms of myopia and are helpful for the diagnostic process, the only way to know if you have myopia is to come in to Westchester Eyecare Center for an evaluation. Your doctor conducts visual acuity screenings and other tests to confirm or rule out nearsightedness.
Even though myopia is common, it can heighten you or your child's risk of developing serious eye diseases. For this reason, it's crucial to seek treatment early in the progression of nearsightedness. Westchester Eyecare Center recommends patients start a treatment plan as close to the onset of myopia as possible. Ideally, children between 5-15 years old should be seen for myopia intervention.
Westchester Eyecare Center offers a novel treatment approach to slow the progression of your condition and prevent pathological myopia. The treatment is called low-dose atropine, and it shows promise in the treatment of myopic patients. Low-dose atropine is specifically useful in younger children who have a high-risk of myopia progression.
After a consultation and assessment of your situation, Dr. Tabiza will prescribe you an eye drop solution of 0.01% atropine. You will have to administer one drop of the solution in each eye daily. While the administration is simple, you must commit to putting the solution in your eyes once a day for at least six months. In some cases, daily use for a year or more may be recommended.
Low-dose atropine can slow or prevent worsening symptoms of myopia and associated diseases. Some of the conditions that myopia treatment may help counter include:
If you or your child are nearsighted, or if you are struggling with worsening myopia, schedule a consultation at Westchester Eyecare Center today.
Myopia isn’t something your doctor can cure, but it is certainly manageable with personalized myopia control solutions. The leading type of vision correction for myopia is eyeglasses, but your dedicated provider at Westchester Eyecare Center may also recommend:
Occasionally, you develop myopia because of muscle spasms that make it difficult for your eye to focus. Westchester Eyecare Center can help you get started on customized vision therapy to resolve these uncomfortable muscle spasms so you regain more clear distance vision over time.
You have plenty of options for myopia control at Westchester Eyecare Center. Click on the online scheduler or call the office to book an appointment today.