Do objects that are far away from you look blurry? If so, you might have what’s known as nearsightedness, or myopia. Being nearsighted means you can see clearly up close, but your vision becomes blurry when you look at objects at a distance. At Simpson and Mann Optometry in Montclair, CA, we can conduct an eye exam and determine the necessary treatment that will improve your eyesight. Before you schedule your appointment, we invite you to keep reading to learn more about nearsightedness and why treatment is important!


Symptoms of Nearsightedness

Being able to see items close to you clearly, but having trouble seeing objects far away is a common sign of being nearsighted. You might be able to read books fine, for example. However, reading signs or other text at greater distances might be difficult. Along with that, you may have to squint in order to see items clearly that are farther away from you and experience frequent headaches.

What Causes Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness can happen for a few reasons. The shape of your lens or cornea can lead to this refractive error due to the way light bends inside your eye. Light focuses in front of your retinas rather than on it, making objects far away from you appear blurry. Nearsightedness can also occur if your eyeball is too long instead of being rounded. Anyone can develop this refractive error, but a family history of it raises your risk.

How Is Nearsightedness Diagnosed?

When you visit us for an eye exam, we can check for nearsightedness. We typically do a visual acuity test, which tells us how clearly you can see at different distances. We’ll also ask you to look through various lenses to help us determine the prescription you need.

What Treatments Are Available for Nearsightedness?

Corrective lenses are the standard form of treatment for nearsightedness. Once you have a prescription, you can order contact lenses or eyeglasses that correct your vision. Refractive surgery is another permanent solution that you might consider. We can discuss treatments for nearsightedness with you during your visit.

Contact us for an Appointment Today

At Simpson and Mann Optometry in Montclair, CA, we understand that nearsightedness can affect your daily life. With the right treatment, we can help you achieve clearer vision. To schedule your eye exam, contact us at (909) 986-0918 today. When you’re seeking an optometrist near me, our team looks forward to assisting you!

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