Close to 40 percent of the population in the United States is diagnosed with myopia (nearsightedness), making it one of the most prevalent refractive conditions. Myopia is a refractive error that leads to problems with an inability to focus on objects or images that are not close to the eye. This means that far-away objects or focal points may appear blurry, or the person with myopia might lack the ability to perceive them at all. Over time, people can develop extreme, moderate, or minor myopia. People who have myopia can generally see pretty well with near vision but have problems seeing far-away items, such as road signs while driving, chalkboards at work or in the classroom, or movie screens.
If you have myopia, there are a lot of options to deal with it and help clear up your vision. At our office in Nashville, TN, eye surgeons Dr. Ming Wang, Dr. Josh Frenkel, and their team make diagnoses of sight impairments, like myopia, and provide appropriate corrective options that can accommodate your day-to-day activities.
Generally, the first obvious indication of myopia is hazy vision that occurs when trying to focus on objects from a distance. You might also deal with other problems that stem from habitual squinting or eye strain. Eye strain, also referred to as eye fatigue or asthenopia, could cause aching or dry eyes. It might also cause intolerance to light and strain in the shoulders and neck. Sometimes, people who already use prescription lenses for myopia notice these symptoms. These signs usually mean that your eye prescription needs to be updated. To enhance your vision and improve your range of sight, you should receive an eye exam at your earliest convenience.
Experts have indicated that myopia can be either inherited or caused by environmental factors. The hazy vision that comes along with nearsightedness is caused by the abnormal shape of the cornea or the eyeball. When the eyeball is longer than normal front to back, or when the cornea is too domed, any light entering the eye won't be aimed properly onto the retina. In general, nearsightedness begins to develop in school-aged children, especially in children who are genetically predisposed. Nevertheless, adults may also develop myopia due to environmental factors or other health conditions. A few behaviors that are associated with nearsightedness include concentrative reading and writing over lengthy periods of time (like in study or professional contexts), avoiding the outdoors, and particularly, taking too much time to read content on mobile devices. Myopia can also be caused by spiking blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.
"Yesterday I was incredibly nearsighted with my prescriptions being at the very edge of what lasik can treat, I walked into wang vision institute expecting to be told that I wasn’t a good candidate. I walked out with no glasses. Today I went to the department of safety, took the eye test and had the corrective lens requirement removed from my license! The staff at Wang vision institute are amazing. They are all friendly, professional and caring. Dr Wang took the time to ex...plain the procedure before hand and talked me through it. The procedure was quick, there was only a mild feeling of pressure and even post op my eyes have just felt mildly dry. If you’ve ever considered lasik or just been annoyed by your glasses the Wang Vision Institute is the way to go."- E.G. / Facebook / Feb 21, 2018
"I was so nearsighted I couldn’t even see the top letter of any eye chart. Everything was just a smudge blurring together. I’ve been in glasses/contacts for at least ten years, and now that I’ve had the 3D SMILE procedure I can see everything clearly. And I just had the procedure yesterday. There was no pain and it was over so quickly. Dr. Wang is amazing and really shows that he cares about you as a person and wants the best for you and your eyes. I would most certainly recommend him to anyone. It’s pretty much a miracle and a dream come true."- M.G. / Facebook / Apr 12, 2018
"Rather than having you read about my entire great experience and then give my overall summary, I'll get straight to the point upfront. Yesterday afternoon, I had the SMILE procedure done on both eyes by Dr Wang. The following morning (today), I went back in for a post-op follow-up and both eyes are now a perfect 20/20 - in less than 24 hours! What an awesome experience! SMILE definitely made me smile! Now for background. I'm 45/m and have been wearing contacts and glasses sin...ce I was a teenager. Several years ago, my vision stabilized in both eyes at -4.75 (nearsighted). I finally felt that the time was right, to look into the options of Lasik surgery. Of course, Dr Wang was my only consideration. I arrived at Dr Wang's office and was treated so very well by all staff and doctors. I was given the expected vision tests and then told my options for correction. After careful consideration, I decided to go with SMILE. At that point, I was taken to surgery where I was placed on the operating table and prepped. Dr Wang then came into the room and introduced himself. First thing he immediately asked me to do, was close my eyes...and then he initiated a prayer over us! WOW!! Dr Wang started on my right eye first, and the procedure for my left eye went exactly the same. During the surgery Dr Wang and his staff were in constant communication with me. They guided me verbally thru the entire process...telling me what I was about to see and feel, asked how I was doing, paced my breathing, and they gave me a countdown of when certain tasks were being completed. I cannot give enough gratitude for that. I was literally in one of the most vulnerable moments in my life, and to have all their reassuring voices there to guide me, helped make it so much more comfortable. Dr Wang is truly amazing. I have NEVER been treated so well as a patient anywhere. Later that evening after the surgery, Dr Wang personally called me to check in, see how I was doing, and he reiterated how well the surgery went. How many Doctors do that?! Dr Wang is sincere, humble, and truly appreciates being able to help people. I just want to conclude, by saying once more, how much I appreciate everyone there. This review isn't just for new patients, but for the staff to see my gratitude. My vision is now perfect and my life is forever changed. To each one of you personally, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Anyone reading this that is looking to have vision correction done, I hope this helps give you a good idea of what to expect. You are in such good hands. Dr Wang is a man of passion, perfection, and excellence, but I also believe he has been given the gift of healing in a modern era. Something is remarkably special about him, professionally and spiritually. I wish everyone the best in life and sight! God Bless!"- V.C. / Facebook / May 22, 2019
"Over 20 years I have been in glasses or contacts. I can now happily say that I am no longer dependent .Having such a high prescription, expectations were low to even get me 20/20 vision. I was a high myopia patient. Dr. Ming Wang is amazing and exceeded my and his expectations."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 05, 2016
"I have worn glasses/contacts for over 30 years. Up until now, eye doctors told me that I was not a candidate for vision correction due to very high myopia (nearly -10), scleral buckle, and multiple retinal detachments. After a lot of research, I decided to send Dr. Wang’s office an email to explain my situation. Surprisingly, Dr. Wang himself responded! We continued a conversation through email that convinced me to visit his office in Nashville. From the time I arrived to the completion of my surgery, the staff was amazing! They made me feel so comfortable and patiently answered my long list of questions. A special shout out to Dr. Sarah Connelly, who was spectacular! The doctors determined that I was indeed a candidate for both Lasik and SMILE. I chose SMILE due to the smaller incision. Not going to lie, the surgery itself was intense. Afterwards, Dr. Wang took the time to make a short video with me and my dad as I opened my eyes and could actually see without glasses or contacts for the first time since childhood. The feeling was unreal. Such a life-changing experience. If you are on the fence about surgery or think you are not a candidate, I would highly recommend making the trip to Nashville."- J.W. / Google / Sep 02, 2019
Determining the presence of nearsightedness is fairly simple and generally done with a standard vision acuity evaluation. Most people are familiar with this test, which just entails reading letters ranging in size on an eye chart. Other well-known assessments that might be performed involve a phoropter (sometimes known as a refractor) and a retinoscope (a tiny light) to test how your eyes refract light.
People who are diagnosed with myopia have plenty of effective treatment options available based on their prescriptions and daily activities. Some patients may consider refractive surgery, such as LASIK, for effective results. Talk to a member of our team if you would like to have laser vision correction, and we will be able to tell you whether you might be eligible.
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Neglecting to address your poor vision can often result in other unwanted symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue. Myopia is a very common vision impairment that, thankfully, is completely manageable for many patients who experience it. Getting laser surgery could truly enhance the day-to-day lives of Nashville, TN men and women. Contact Wang Vision Institute for more information.
Can myopia lead to blindness?
Myopia does not lead to serious, vision-threatening complications like blindness. However, it can cause many of the vision problems described above, including blurry vision, chronic headaches, and eye strain from trying to focus on objects.
Can nearsightedness be cured?
Currently, there is no cure for myopia. Most people use glasses and contact lenses to improve their vision and achieve some clarity. Of course, visual aids do nothing to address the cause of your nearsightedness.
Will LASIK treat myopia?
For people with mild or moderate cases of nearsightedness in Nashville, TN, LASIK surgery can be an effective option for correcting your vision problems. Patients at Wang Vision Institute will still need an eye assessment to make sure LASIK is right for their needs.