Also known as myopia, nearsightedness occurs when the cornea is too curved or the eye is elongated causing light entering the eye to focus incorrectly. In other words, if you are nearsighted, your eye is slightly longer and rounder than it should be, causing you to focus on images directly in front of the retina, or light-sensitive part of the eye. Nearby images appear clear; however; distant images appear blurred.
More than 70 million Americans (about one in four) are affected by nearsightedness. It is a hereditary condition, although some researchers believe that one’s living environment may also factor as a cause of the condition. The condition typically appears between the ages of 8 and 12 years old and almost always before age 20. While the condition tends to worsen with age, it tends to stabilize in adulthood.
Nearsightedness is frequently diagnosed during school screenings or after parents notice that their children are having difficulty seeing street signs or the television. Typically, it is corrected with glasses or contact lenses. But nearsightedness is also an ideal condition for laser vision correction surgery—with the added benefit being freedom from contacts or glasses. It is impossible to fully describe the joy and satisfaction that comes with seeing clearly at a distance without the inconvenience of glasses or contacts. You truly need to experience this kind of freedom to appreciate it.
Being free of glasses or contacts makes an enormous difference to everyday life, making simple tasks such as showering, swimming or playing with children easier and less of a worry. And there are obvious benefits for anyone actively involved in sports. Many nearsighted patients find it also helps in social situations, as faces are easier to recognize and read without glasses.
NVISION Laser Eye Centers have several different vision correction procedures for the treatment of nearsightedness. Every patient and prescription at NVISION is evaluated individually to decide what is best for him or her.
The vast majority of nearsighted patients will meet the conditions for laser vision correction surgery. In order to determine if you are a candidate, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today. If LASIK is not right for you, there are alternatives forms of treatment, such as PRK, intraocular lens and others that may be appropriate for you. NVISION doctors are very thorough in evaluating if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction and will be happy to discuss the potential outcome and risks involved for a patient with your particular prescription.