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Posted on 04-05-2017

Nearsightedness Treatment from your Las Vegas Optometrist 

Nearsightedness (myopia) sufferers may see well enough close up, but distant objects appear seriously blurry and indistinct. The good news is that modern techniques can compensate for nearsightedness -- and not just with traditional glasses and contact lenses. Our Las Vegas ophthalmologist here at The Brimhall Eye Center can give you crystal-clear vision without any need for external eyewear.

Nearsightedness Treatment at The Brimhall Eye Center

Myopia: A Common Refractive Error

Like hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia belongs to the family of vision problems known as refractive errors. But unlike hyperopia, which is caused by a foreshortened eyeball, myopia is caused by an abnormally elongated eyeball. Ideally, the eye should be perfectly spherical so the incoming light reaches a perfect focal point at the back of the eye. In an elongated eyeball, the image comes into focus slightly in front of the retina. 

The Telltale Signs of Nearsightedness

The most obvious sign of nearsightedness is experiencing blurriness when trying to view distant objects but having no difficulty with near vision. Other, more subtle symptoms include:

  • Having to squint to make distant objects clearer
  • Having to bring your eyes close to your TV screen, book or other item of interest
  • Frequent blinking and eye rubbing
  • Eye strain, fatigue, and headaches
  • Impaired vision for night driving

Surgery and Other Options From Our Las Vegas Ophthalmologist

Eyeglasses and contact lenses remain a reliable method for correcting nearsightedness, but they also have their downsides. Some individuals play high-impact sports or engage in active professions that can quickly endanger a pair of eyeglasses, while others have difficulty wearing contact lenses comfortably. Our Las Vegas eye doctor can provide some exciting state-of-the-art alternatives, including:

  • LASIK surgery - LASIK surgery reshapes your corneal tissues, permanently compensating for your nearsightedness.
  • Implantable contact lenses - ICLs are synthetic lenses that alter the eye's refraction at the lens instead of the cornea. It's great for moderate to severe nearsightedness -- especially since the lens can be upgraded by our eye doctor in the future if necessary.
  • Advanced surface ablation - ASA is another minimally-invasive alternative to LASIK. Instead of cutting a flap in the outer corneal layer to expose the underlying tissue, ASA removes only a hair's width of corneal tissue from the surface.

Contact Our Ophthalmology Center

If you're ready to see those faraway landmarks without squinting or straining, then you're ready to contact our ophthalmology center for an appointment. Call either of our two offices today!

Do you know someone who has undergone corrective surgery for their myopia? What was their reason for pursuing a permanent solution instead of eyeglasses or contacts?

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