Nearsightedness (Myopia)

Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common type of vision problem where nearby objects are seen clearly, but distant objects appear blurry. Nearsightedness occurs when the shape of the eye prevents incoming light from focusing on the retina.

When people are nearsighted, a longer eyeball causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of on the retina, resulting in blurry vision. Nearsightedness may also be caused by an overly curved cornea or lens.


Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Squinting
  • Difficulty seeing distant objects, such as highway signs

Diagnosis

An eye care professional can diagnose nearsightedness and other refractive errors during a comprehensive dilated eye examination.


Treatment Options

Nearsightedness can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. Individual lifestyles affect the way astigmatism is treated. Siskiyou Eye Center will help you decide the best treatment option for you.

Corrective Lenses

The easiest was to treat nearsightedness is with corrective lenses. Corrective lenses work by becoming the first refractive surface for light rays entering the eye, causing a more precise refraction or focus.