Are you having problems seeing objects far away or with driving, and need a comprehensive eye exam? You might have myopia. Myopia is the term for nearsightedness. People with myopia see more clearly when objects are close, while distant objects appear blurred or fuzzy.

Reading and close-up work may be clear, but distance vision is blurry. This happens because light is not going all the way to the back of your eye. Light rays are only meeting halfway in the eye. Which hinders how clearly you see things far away.

Typically a person needs to have a comprehensive eye exam done every year to keep a close watch on any ocular or visual symptoms. A recent study by the National Eye Institute, shows the prevalence of myopia grew from 25 percent, of the U.S. population ages 12 to 54 in 1971-1972 to a whopping 41.6 percent in 199-2004.

Doctors do not know the exact cause for this increase in myopia, but many can say they think eye fatigue, computer use, and other activities that use your near vision are contributing factors. Also, a recent theory has surfaced linking the amount of time spent outdoors as a potential myopigenic trigger.

Myopia can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. The outcome of you needing a correction is based on your prescription, and what the doctor finds in your comprehensive eye exam.

A person with myopia will have a prescription with a minus sign in front of the number. Sometimes myopia can be progressive and severe. It usually starts in childhood around the ages of 7 or eight years of age, and it will typically progress to get worse.

It is estimated that the current number of 1.45 billion people with the condition will grow to a staggering 2.5 billion by the year 2020. It is important to determine if you have myopia because it puts you at a risk for having ocular health conditions. Such as, glaucoma, retinal trauma, a retinal detachment which then can lead to some vision loss, or complete vision loss.

During your comprehensive eye exam the health of your eye can be checked too. Call Blink Eyecare, at (214)865-6266 for your comprehensive eye exam.

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