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. Call Wang Vision Institute to set up a refractive exam if you are experiencing differences with your vision or are having problems seeing distant objects.
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.
"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
"I am so thankful for Dr Wang an his wonderful staff. I had a strong myopia prescription and an astigmatism for years and wished to be free of contacts and eye glasses. I had gone to a couple of places for consultations but chose Dr Wang hands down because he has a proven track record of successful outcomes and I am partial to his great heart for giving back to his community. As a lover of Christ, I was even more impressed with the fact that he prayed prior to my procedure. Thanks again Dr Wang."- C. / Healthgrades / Jun 12, 2018
"Dr. Ming Wang is an exceptional doctor and he cares about his patients. I had 3D lasik reduction because my prescription was so strong (-10.5 and -10.15). He prayed with me right before my surgery, gave me a discount for coming to his seminar, gave me a disc with music to help me heal and called to check on me last night. 99% of lasik doctors do not have the skills or technology to address my extreme myopia, in fact, I had the highest prescription that Dr. Wang treated all week! The Wang Vision"- M.R. / Healthgrades / Jan 17, 2016
"I had a great experience at Wang Vision Institute. I recently got 3D Lasik to correct my astigmatism and myopia. I now have no astigmatism or prescription! The staff was very helpful and explained the process so well, I knew what to expect every step of the way. That was extremely comforting. Dr. Wang is brilliant and so skillful. The surgery was easy, quick, and painless, and I would not hesitate to recommend Wang Vision Institute to anyone considering Lasik!"- S.H. / Healthgrades / Oct 11, 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. Each of these assessments is quick, uncomplicated, and completely painless so anyone coming in for acuity tests can feel totally at ease. When the assessments have been wrapped up, one of our skilled optometrists will tell you about your best treatment options.
Myopia Treatment Options
People who are diagnosed with myopia have plenty of effective treatment options available based on their prescriptions and daily activities. Our team at Wang Vision Institute generally prescribes glasses or contacts to correct vision. The majority of patients decide to use a combination of both options to accommodate their lifestyles. Some patients may also 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. Wearing corrective lenses or getting laser surgery could truly enhance the day-to-day lives of Nashville, TN men and women. Contact Wang Vision Institute to hear more or schedule your eye exam with Dr. Ming Wang, Dr. Josh Frenkel, or a member of their team.