Understanding Myopia Symptoms and Risk Factors

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, occurs when the eyes don’t bend light correctly. This causes the eyes to produce blurred images due to their inability to focus correctly. People who have myopia can see images clearly at close distances, but they begin to become distorted at greater distances. Here at OPTIQUE in Dallas, TX, Dr. Tyler Zellers, Dr. George Orm III and the rest of our optometry stress the importance of incorporating yearly eye exams into your eye care plan. Our doctors want people to understand that nearsightedness is not a disease that affects the eye, but a deficit in terms of the ability of the eye to focus properly.

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Myopia Is A Genetic Disorder

Myopia is a genetic disorder that can be passed down from parent to child. If a parent has the disorder, the risk factor for their children to manifest the disorder increases more so than it would if there was no history of the disease in the family. Nearsightedness is generally diagnosed during optometry exams when children are between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age. The condition can worsen with growth spurts during the adolescent years. Myopia becomes somewhat stagnant in terms of progression by the time people enter the 20 to 40 year age range.

Symptoms Associated with Myopia

Dr. Tyler Zellers and Dr. George Orm III encourage people to have your children’s eyes examined on an annual basis because it is important to have a history of exams to refer to. Regarding the symptoms associated with nearsightedness, it is important to note that they are more apparent in children between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age. The symptoms associated with myopia include headaches, eye strain, an inability to see objects at far away distances and squinting.

Help On The Horizon

The symptoms associated with myopia are often treated with contact lenses and eyeglasses. Surgical intervention is also used to treat the condition, such as LASIK. Here at OPTIQUE in the Dallas area, our doctors urge people to engage in healthy eye care practices. Some tips that can help keep your eyes in good condition include using proper lit when reading, resting your eyes when using computers and handheld electronics, maintaining moisture in eyes, wearing protective eye equipment when necessary, and most importantly come visit our office for annual eye exams. To learn more about myopia and other ways you can protect your vision give us a call today at 214-252-1800.