Myopia

Myopia FAQ

As you get older, vision problems become more common. Your eye changes over time and any small vision problem you have will usually get worse. When things become less clear, it is time to visit the eye doctor for your vision correction options.

Approximately 30 percent of the population experience nearsightedness also called myopia. Traditionally, myopia is treated with prescription glasses or contact lenses. Now, with laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis or Custom LASIK permanent vision correction is available. Dr. Huynh and his team of vision specialists can treat your myopia with the latest advances in technology.

Myopia

Normally, the light that passes through the cornea and lens of your eye converges on the retina to record a crisp, sharp picture for your brain to interpret. With myopia, the convergence occurs just in front of the retina, which causes blurriness when looking at objects in the distance.
There are two main reasons for the varied refraction:

  • Elongated eye
  • Steep cornea

Corrective lenses are typically used to correct the refraction and return the focus to the proper location on the retina.

Signs and symptoms

Myopia can begin at any age. Some of the signs and symptoms include:

  • Blurry distance vision
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain

Pediatric myopes are often discovered with poor performance during school. Any child who claims they cannot see the blackboard should undergo a thorough eye exam.
A basic eye exam involves reading letters on a standard Snellen eye chart and determining the visual acuity for each eye. Lenses are prescribed to bring the eye as close to 20/20 as possible.

LASIK

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis or LASIK uses the same theories for correction that are used in glasses and contacts. The difference is, the laser is used to make changes directly on the cornea.
During the procedure, Dr. Huynh follows these steps:

  • A flap is cut in the front of the cornea and folded back
  • The eximer laser is used to make precise cuts in a predetermined pattern to reshape the cornea
  • The flap is replaced and acts as a natural bandage over the incised cornea

Now, with custom LASIK using Wavefront technology, your vision correction is extremely precise. Dr. Huynh is able to map the exact conditions of your eye and reshape it exactly as you need to get rid of your eyeglasses.

If you have suffered from myopia since childhood and you want to get rid of eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may be qualified for LASIK surgery. To find out more about myopia and LASIK vision correction, please contact Advanced Eye & Laser Center of California, Inc. to schedule an initial consultation.