What is Myopia? (Nearsightedness)
To see clearly, the light rays must first pass through the cornea (the clear front window of the eye) and then through the crystalline lens inside the eye, where the light focuses on the retina that lines the back of the eye. The nerves in the retina then transmit this information to the brain through the optic nerve.
Myopia or nearsightedness is a very common condition in which the light is not focused on the retina but in front of the retina. This usually occurs because the eye is slightly longer than normal. The amount of myopia is measured in diopters. Patients with one diopter or less of nearsightedness generally can see 20/40. The higher the myopia, the less uncorrected distance vision. Myopia usually begins in late childhood and stabilizes by age 20.
How is Myopia Treated?
The most common methods to correct refractive errors are glasses and contact lenses. This additional lens in front of the eye bends or refracts the light so that it is focused on the retina. The retina is similar to film in a camera and must have the image clearly focused upon it to see clearly.
Do You Have Myopia?
The best way to find out exactly what?s causing your vision problems is to make an appointment with an eye care professional. At The Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha, we will check your eyes thoroughly to understand the reasons for your vision problems. And we?ll explain your choices for correcting the problems.
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