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If you have difficulty seeing objects that are far away, you may have myopia, also known as nearsightedness.

Our doctors can examine your vision, determine the degree of the condition, and provide treatment tailored to your needs and budget.

See how Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie serving Erie, PA, can help correct your vision to improve your quality of life.

Understanding Myopia

Myopia is a condition in which your eyes focus light in front of the retina, instead of directly onto it. This refractive error is usually due to the shape of the lens or cornea. This prevents light from refracting properly, resulting in blurry vision and the inability to see distant objects clearly. Patients can be diagnosed with either low, moderate, or high myopia.

People with high myopia may have a higher risk of retinal detachment. Additionally, people with high myopia may have a higher risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma. If you have myopia, regular exams with your ophthalmologist are important. They can help us preserve your vision and treat additional problems that may arise, like cataracts.

Myopia is a common condition that affects an estimated 25% of people in the United States. -According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology®

The Symptoms of Myopia

Myopia is usually evident around ages eight to 12 and can become worse during the teenage years. Common symptoms that can indicate nearsightedness include:


Eye Strain or Fatigue


Difficulty Seeing Objects That Are Far Away

Holding Objects or Books Close to the Face

Although many potential factors can contribute to myopia, it's often genetic. Parents who have myopia should be mindful of these symptoms in their children.

Diagnosing Myopia

Myopia is most often diagnosed during routine eye exams. Different vision tests may be performed to diagnose your condition, such as:

Visual Acuity Test

During this test, you will be asked to read letters on a chart placed on the other side of the room. This helps our doctors determine the distances at which you can see most clearly.

Refraction Evaluation

During this test, you will be asked to look through different lenses on a phoropter, an instrument that measures the amount of refractive error you have and establishes which prescription is best for correcting your vision.

If our doctors determine that you are nearsighted, we can usually manage the condition through conservative treatments at our practice serving Northwest Pennsylvania. Even severe cases are treatable when detected early.

Treatment Options for Myopia


Prescription Glasses and Contact Lenses

The most cost-effective and conservative method for treating myopia is corrective eyewear, such as glasses or contact lenses. This may be all a patient needs to manage their nearsightedness. If you prefer to see clearly without glasses, we also have surgical treatments available.


LASIK can treat myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Our doctors in Erie, PA, can create a small flap in the cornea and reshape the underlying tissue so light is properly reflected onto the retina, eliminating or reducing the need for glasses or contact lenses.

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Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

PRK is an alternative to LASIK that treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is usually more suitable for patients with thin corneas. Instead of creating a flap, the outermost layer of cells on the cornea is removed so your surgeon can access and reshape the deeper corneal tissue. After surgery, a protective lens covers your eye as it heals.

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The treatment that is most appropriate for you will depend on your health, budget, and lifestyle. You can explore your options during a consultation with one of our doctors in Erie, PA.

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Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie

Drs. Howard M. Levin, Vincent M. Imbrogno, Ravinder Sabherwal, and Emily Washek provide state-of-the-art eye care in a friendly and comfortable setting. They are affiliated with leading vision organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • The American Osteopathic Association

To book a visit with us, call us at (814) 838-9555 or request an appointment online.

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