Nearsightedness

Do you currently suffer from nearsightedness? If you have trouble seeing things clearly from far away, you may be nearsighted. It’s best to recognize this issue as soon as possible, and then pursue the available options to correct it. When ignored or left untreated and the environmental factors that appear to increase the frequency and severity of nearsightedness are not corrected, your eyesight could possibly worsen, resulting in further progression of this common vision disorder.

If you’ve arrived at this page, then you’re most likely searching for nearsighted treatments. This article will provide an in-depth look at the following information:

If you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Will to determine whether or not you’re nearsighted, call the associates at our Portland, Oregon office today at (877) 542-3937.

What Is Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness, also known as “myopia” or “shortsightedness,” refers to an eye condition in which individuals can clearly view objects up close, but struggle to see those that are far away. The further an object is in the distance, the blurrier it may appear. A common condition, those who are nearsighted may not realize it at first, as not every object far away will appear blurry.

For example, those who are nearsighted generally have no difficulty reading a book or computer screen, but may struggle to see traffic signs that are several hundred feet away. Those who are nearsighted may also experience such ailments as squinting, eye strain, headaches, and feelings of fatigue while driving and/or playing sports.

What Causes Nearsightedness

If you are nearsighted, or believe you could be, you are most likely curious as to how this condition developed. In the past, genetics were believed to be responsible for nearsightedness.  However with the new epidemic of nearsightedness in China, which has a very homogeneous gene pool, and the recent marked increase in nearsightedness in the pediatric (child) population in the United States, environmental factors have become identified that appear to cause nearsightedness.  The most likely sources for these rapid rises in the incidence of nearsightedness is the increased prevalence of near vision tasks invoked by the use of smart phones, tablets and computers.

Likely correlated with phone and tablet usage, large scientific studies have linked light exposure to progression of nearsightedness.  These studies suggest that people who spend more time out of doors in sunlight experience less progression of nearsightedness than those who spend most of their time indoors in artificial light.  When we are outdoors, we are much less likely to be engaged in near vision tasks so the observations are likely related.

Identifying this condition as soon as possible is for the better. If you are nearsighted, there’s a high possibility your child will become nearsighted, too. If either you or your child has nearsightedness, several behavioral changes may reduce its progression:

  • Wearing vision correction to reduce eye strain;
  • Reducing the amount of near tasks you or your child perform by restricting “screen time” for your child;
  • Taking more frequent breaks by focusing in the distance when engaged in near vision tasks and;
  • Spending more time outdoors in recreational or work related activities that do not require prolonged focusing at near.

Regular eye exams are important to help diagnose the issue early on, as nearsightedness often develops at an early age.

As noted, nearsightedness can be caused from other factors, too, such as:

  • Prolonged reading in low light
  • Looking at a smart phone, tablet or computer screen for too long
  • Lack of exposure to bright light situations. Those people who are involved in outdoor activities are less likely to have progression of their myopia than those who spend a large deal of the day indoors in artificial light only

Specifically, the condition occurs when light enters an individual’s eyes, and focuses in front of the retina versus on it. If the eye is functioning normally, then light would focus on the retina.

If you do suffer from nearsightedness, it’s important to understand that you do have options to help correct it.

Do you think you could be nearsighted? Find out by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Will at either our Portland, Vancouver or Salem office.   

Nearsighted Treatment Options

If you are nearsighted, glasses can help you better see objects in the distance more clearly. Depending on your age, you may benefit from glasses that offer multi-focal lenses, allowing you to clearly see objects far away, as well as up close. Individuals who are older have a higher chance of suffering from both nearsightedness and presbyopia (when light focuses behind the retina because the lens of the eye hardens with age). An exam will determine your specific eye care needs.

If you don’t like the idea of wearing glasses, you may want to pursue contact lenses. Again, contact lenses can correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness. Contact lenses are often chosen by those who live active lifestyles, or participate in sports.  Although many people view contact lenses as safer than laser vision correction, they may be surprised to learn that large peer reviewed scientific studies demonstrate that Lasik surgery is almost 10 times safer than wearing contact lenses.

Lastly, corrective surgery may also be an option. LASIK surgery is a very popular and highly successful option  for those who are nearsighted. During laser vision correction surgery, a laser reshapes your cornea, permitting light entering your eye to focus correctly. With today’s advanced technology, most people are excellent candidates for laser vision correction but unfortunately, not every individual qualifies for corrective surgery. Your specific condition dictates whether or not surgery is acceptable, although Lasik centers that utilize older technology may not be able to handle your case successfully.  The best way to know if you can become free from the hassle of contacts and glasses is to have a thorough examination with Dr. Will or a center that uses modern advanced Lasik techniques.

Most patients who are nearsighted do see improvement in vision with the assistance of some sort of treatment. The earlier treatment is pursued, the better, as social and academic troubles associated with poor eyesight are more likely to be prevented.

About Dr. Will

Dr. Will‘s passion is what sets him apart from other doctors in the industry. As one of the most trusted surgeons in the world, he’s participated in more than 65,000 laser vision procedures and only uses state-of-the-art technology, making him a pioneer in the field of vision.

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Will has one main goal when it comes to treating his patients: create a lifetime of amazingly clear vision. As each individual is different, he personally meets with every patient, and thoroughly examines their eyes to better understand their unique condition and needs.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Will

Your eyesight is important. Whether you wish to pursue glasses, contacts, or surgery, it’s necessary for you to work with an experienced professional – that’s Dr. Will. After all, you don’t want a rookie mistake causing your vision to worsen.

If you’re nearsighted and wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Will to discuss treatment options, contact his Vancouver, Washington or Salem & Portland, Oregon offices today by calling (877) 542-3937.