Myopia Control Services from Your Optometrist in Albuquerque, NM
Myopia affects almost 30 percent of the U.S. population. Difficulty seeing items at a distance can be extremely frustrating for both adult and pediatric patients. Fortunately, our optometrist is able to offer a number of options for myopia control to patients who visit our Albuquerque Vision Care and Advanced Eyewear practice in New Mexico.
Many people refer to myopia as nearsightedness. Myopic patients find it much easier to see close objects clearly than those at a distance.
This condition develops when light entering the eye cannot focus correctly because the eyeball has grown too long, or the cornea is overly curved. As a result, images fall in front of the retina instead of directly on it, causing blurred vision. Eye doctors refer to this as a refractive error.
While researchers have yet to determine the exact cause of nearsightedness, many of the pediatric optometry patients we see probably inherited the disorder. How an individual uses his or her eyes might also affect myopia development. An important part of adult and pediatric eye care is determining how much time the patient spends reading, working on a computer, or performing other work considered visually intense.
Nearsightedness typically develops in school-age children and progresses until around the age of 20. However, our doctor of optometry also sees its appearance in adults who experience visual stress. As part of senior eye care, we sometimes note the development of myopia related to health conditions such as diabetes. As the disorder has become increasingly common, an increasing number of myopia control options have become available.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Nearsightedness testing in adult and pediatric eye care involves several steps to measure how the eyes focus light and to determine exactly how to correct reduced vision. One procedure is identifying letters displayed on a vision chart, particularly useful in adult and senior eye care.
Our optometrist also utilizes a succession of lenses in front of the eyes to measure how they focus light. Combining information from these procedures with the results of eye teaming and focusing tests might lead to a nearsightedness diagnosis.
Myopia control options include:
- Contact lenses
- Ortho-k or CRT
- Laser procedures: LASIK and PRK
- Other refractive surgery
- Vision therapy
Our practice provides evaluations and referrals for patients who opt for laser or surgical procedures.
Schedule an Exam with Our Albuquerque Optometrist
Our Albuquerque Vision Care and Advanced Eyewear practice provides full eye and vision care services for New Mexico patients. Our optometrist excels at a one-on-one approach, whether the need is for adult or pediatric optometry services. Be sure to call us today at (505) 332-2020 to schedule an exam.