Nearsightedness

Monday, March 03, 2014

Nearsightedness, or myopia, as it is medically termed, is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nearsightedness is a common vision condition in which you can see objects near to you clearly, but objects farther away are blurry.

The degree of your nearsightedness affects your ability to focus on distant objects. People with severe nearsightedness can see clearly only objects just a few inches away, while those with mild nearsightedness may clearly see objects up to several yards away.

Nearsightedness may develop gradually or rapidly, often worsening during childhood and adolescence. Nearsightedness tends to run in families.

Nearsightedness symptoms may include:

Blurry vision when looking at distant objects

The need to squint or partially close the eyelids to see clearly

Headaches caused by excessive eyestrain

Difficulty seeing while driving a vehicle, especially at night, called night myopia

Nearsightedness is often first detected during childhood and is commonly diagnosed between the early school years through the teens.

A basic eye exam can confirm nearsightedness. You can easily correct the condition with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Another treatment option for nearsightedness is surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.