If you have difficulty seeing far-off objects, you likely suffer from myopia or nearsightedness. Dr. Ravinder Sabherwal can examine your vision, determine the degree of the condition, and provide treatment tailored to your needs and budget. The team at Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie can provide patients with prescription glasses and contact lenses or perform refractive surgery to correct your eyesight.
Although there are many potential factors contributing to myopia, most eye experts agree that it is a genetic trait. Typically, individuals with myopia have elongated eyes or sharply curved corneas. As a result, their eyes focus incoming light just short of the retina, instead of directly on it. They are thus unable to clearly see objects except at a close distance.
Myopia is usually evident by ages eight to 12. A few common symptoms that can indicate nearsightedness include:
Fortunately, nearsightedness is easily managed through conservative treatments. Even severe cases are treatable when detected early.
Myopia is most often diagnosed during routine eye exams. Typically, this involves a visual acuity assessment and a refraction evaluation. During the visual acuity test, the doctor will ask you to read letters from a chart at a distance of twenty feet. This helps Dr. Sabherwal determine what distances you can see at most clearly. Next, he will ask you to look through different lenses on a device called a Phoropter, which will establish which prescription is most appropriate for correcting your vision.
The most cost-effective and conservative method for treating myopia is corrective eyewear, such as glasses or contact lenses. However, recent advances in technology now allow us to offer various surgical options for myopia, as well. These include:
Which treatment is most appropriate for you will depend on both your health needs and budgetary limitations.
If you or your child is suffering from myopia, schedule a visit with Dr. Sabherwal to determine the most effective treatment for your situation. Call us at (814) 838-9555 or contact us online.