Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects up to 20% of the world’s population. The condition causes objects to appear clear up close but blurry far away. Your myopia can range from mild to severe, with many patients finding that their condition worsens without treatment. What are the causes? Why does myopia affect so many young people today? And is it curable with myopia management? Read on to find out.
What Are the Causes of Myopia?
As with most eye conditions, myopia can have genetic influences. Although it is not directly inheritable, those who have a parent with myopia are more likely to develop it themselves.
The more common reason people develop nearsightedness today is their lifestyle. We spend more time looking at objects up close than previous generations due to the influx of technology. Excessive screen use is the primary reason more children are being diagnosed with myopia.
Another cause of myopia is aging. Natural changes to the eye over time can lead to visual impairment.
Can You Cure Myopia?
Myopia is not curable, but it can be reversed through laser eye surgery (LASIK). Myopia is also manageable with prescription glasses or contact lenses.
Patients who have myopia may wonder if they can get rid of the condition on their own. So far, no evidence suggests that eye exercises for myopia can reverse the condition.
Because nearsightedness develops due to changes in eye shape or structure, exercises alone will not eliminate it. The good news is that it is highly treatable and easy to manage with the support of an ophthalmologist.
Bring Your Vision Back Into Focus
At Abraham Eye Associates in Villanova, PA, our dedicated team of eye doctors provides personalized treatment for every patient. Our myopia management services include specialized contact lenses that can delay the progression of the condition, eye drops, and multifocal lenses that protect your eyes.
Please schedule an appointment online or call our office at (484) 209-0800.