Myopia, or the inability to see distant objects, is one of the most common problems that people schedule an eye exam for. If you or your child has recently been diagnosed with myopia, several treatments are available. At VisionSmith, we have provided residents of Plymouth, MN with reliable eye care services for many years.
Corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses are usually the first treatment option for myopia. Glasses have been around for centuries, and contact lenses have been on the market for nearly 50 years. While glasses and contact lenses are easily obtainable, they do have some drawbacks. Glasses tend to break or fall off. Often people who play sports or spend a lot of time on the water can get by with contact lenses. Many people are perfectly happy with corrective lenses, however, and there are millions of people all over the world who wear them every day.
Eye Drops and Contact Lenses
When myopia is diagnosed in children, it's usually a result of their eyes reshaping as they grow. This means that children will often experience deteriorating vision as they grow older. For many years, this was just an accepted part of growing up, with many children continuously needing stronger prescriptions as they grew. With the development of new myopia control strategies, we are often able to slow or stop the progression of myopia. These strategies include the use of drops or various forms of contact lenses. These drops or contact lenses work to stop the elongation of the eye, which in turn causes nearsightedness.
For adults whose eyes are no longer growing or changing, LASIK eye surgery can be a good option. LASIK is a relatively quick eye surgery that permanently alters the shape of the eye's cornea so that it can focus light properly.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist in Plymouth, MN
If you live in the Plymouth, MN, area and you are looking for an optometrist who can diagnose and treat your myopia, contact VisionSmith today. Call us at (763) 559-5522 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.