If close-up objects are clear to you, but objects at a distance are blurry and hard to focus on, you may have a common eye disorder called myopia (nearsightedness). Myopia affects up to 30% of Americans. Usually, it begins in children when they are school-age, and becomes progressively worse until they reach the age of 20. However, nearsightedness can also develop in older adults due to medical conditions – such as diabetes – or visual stress, such as computer work.

Why Does Myopia Occur?

Ideally, your eye should be shaped like a sphere in order to focus light correctly on your retina. However, some people have a cornea that is more oblong (think of the shape of a football), which causes light to focus before it even reaches your retina. This is what results in blurry distance vision.

Eye strain, headaches, and frequent squinting are all common symptoms of myopia.

Myopia Treatment

Myopia is most often treated using glasses and contact lenses. At Summit Eye Care, our optical department offers frames and lenses made by the most renowned companies in the world, including lightweight frames, anti-reflective coating, sports eyewear, and prescription sunglasses.

However, if you are looking for a more permanent treatment for myopia, LASIK eye surgery can be life-changing. LASIK reshapes your cornea to help it bend light correctly, giving you clear, sharp vision that does not require dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

If you are interested in LASIK, call us today at (336) 765-0960 to schedule a free screening at Summit Eye Care. If we determine that you are not a good candidate for LASIK, Dr. Khemsara can recommend an alternative vision correction procedure – such as PRK. Each of your treatment options will be discussed in detail during your visit.

If you live in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, or surrounding areas of North Carolina, please contact Summit Eye Care today or call (336) 765-0960 to schedule your initial consultation. We can help you experience the freedom of clear vision.