Do you find yourself squinting to see? Join us to figure out what myopia is and whether you may have it.
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Eyeglass Tyler explains what myopia is as well as some common symptoms, then address possible solutions.
Myopia is the most common type of vision correction, also known as nearsightedness. It occurs when light focuses on a point of your eye before the retina, so the image you see is blurry, especially the further away something is. This usually happens because the eye is slightly too long for the light to hit your retina properly.
While there are no specific causes, there are two significant contributing factors, one being genetics and the other being extended periods of near vision use. The former is something you have no control over—if your parents needed to wear glasses, you are very likely to need them too. If you have glasses, your kids could need glasses as well.
However, the latter is something you can control. Watch out for how much you use your near vision; this includes things like computers, phones, or books. They can make your myopia worse.
Like we said at the beginning, squinting is the big one. If you have to squint to see properly, you may have myopia. This is also an important sign to watch out for in children since young kids might not realize they have a vision problem but you'll catch them squinting.
Headaches are another possible sign. These can be caused either by excessive squinting or eye strain.
And if you already have an eye prescription written, it's very easy to tell if you have myopia. The sphere, or SPH, the correction will be written on your prescription as a minus (-). A + on the prescription refers to hyperopia or farsightedness. For more info on dissecting your glasses prescription, check out Understanding Your Prescription.
However, the easiest way to tell if you have myopia is that you have trouble seeing things out in the distance. If you can see slightly better close up, it's probably time to schedule a visit with your doctor!
Since myopia is so common, it's very easy to correct. Glasses, contact lenses, and Lasik are all options for correcting your vision. There's no perfect solution to eliminate myopia, so we prefer to focus on combating the worsening of it. Since glasses are so readily available and easy to work with, you can find the perfect pair to match your style. And with all the options available at SportRx, why not buy a pair?
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