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It might seem only natural that close-up objects would be easier to see than objects very far away. But if everything beyond a certain distance seems blurry, you may have a common refractive error known as myopia, or nearsightedness. This condition can prevent you from driving or walking safely while making distance signs or other important objects impossible to make out. Fortunately, our skilled Cupertino and Milpitas optometry teams at Golden Vision can diagnose this problem in a routine eye exam and prescribe the perfect corrective prescription for your needs.
Nearsightedness occurs due to an eccentricity in the shape of the eyeball or the cornea at the front of the eye. If either of these structures is elongated instead of spherical, incoming light is refracted incorrectly, causing the image to form in front of the retina instead of directly on it. This means that while you see nearby objects clearly, distant objects simply can't be brought into focus.
Nearsightedness is surprisingly common, more so than other refractive disorders; in fact, some 30 percent of Americans have it. It tends to run in families, but it can also be influenced by the amount of close work and near focus you require from your eyes. If you focus on near objects a great deal as part of your work, hobby or studies, you may be more prone to myopia development.
Our Cupertino and Milpitas optometrists can confirm a case of nearsightedness by performing an eye exam that includes vision testing. Some cases of nearsightedness are actually just strain from overuse of the eyes' focusing muscles; blurred vision may also be a sign of cataracts. The eye exam helps us eliminate these other possibilities while determining the exact degree of your problem. A standard Snellen eye chart presents you with several lines of text in increasingly smaller print. Each line you can see clearly indicates normal vision at a specific distance. If the lines near the bottom are blurry, you're nearsighted. We can then use a phoropter to try different corrective combinations until we arrive at your ideal prescription.
Golden Vision offers a variety of treatment options for our nearsighted Milpitas and Cupertino CA patients. The simplest option is a stylish pair of eyeglasses, but we can also administer an additional evaluation to fit you for contact lenses. Another exciting option is the use of Ortho-K lenses. These lenses are worn only at night and reshape your corneas to provide you with excellent vision during the day. Better yet, regular Ortho-K use can slow the development of myopia in younger patients. For the most permanent lens-free solution, we can perform LASIK surgery, including pre-operative and post-operative care.
Call our optometry office in Cupertino or Milpitas to schedule an eye exam and get the treatment you need. We can help you say no to nearsightedness
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