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Myopia in San Antonio, TX

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What Is Myopia?

A little more than 130 million people in the United States are affected by nearsightedness (myopia), making it one of the most prevalent refractive errors. It is a vision impairment that leads to problems with or a lack of ability to see items or focal points that are distant from the eye. This means that far-away items or images may be fuzzy or you may be unable to perceive them altogether.

Keratoconus causes nearsighted vision and also causes astigmatism, a common imperfection of the eye’s curvature that results in blurry vision. You could be diagnosed with severe, moderate, or slight myopia. People who have myopia can generally see very well close up but have difficulty seeing distant things, such as street signs while driving, presentation screens at work or in the classroom, or movie screens.

If you have myopia, we have many options to correct it and help clear up your vision. At her practice in San Antonio, TX, optometrist Dr. Victoria Perez offers diagnoses of sight impairments, like nearsightedness, and offers suitable corrective options that can accommodate your day-to-day activities. Call Texas State Optical Bandera to arrange a refractive exam if you are experiencing shifts in your vision or are experiencing problems seeing far-away items.

How Is Myopia Treated?

Patients who find out they have myopia have a few effective treatment options available based on their prescription and usual routine. Dr. Perez usually prescribes glasses or contact lenses to sharpen vision. Some people choose to use a combination of both to accommodate their personal needs. Texas State Optical Bandera also prescribes specialty lenses for keratoconus, the cause of myopia. Orthokeratology uses myopia-control contact lenses, which are hard, gas-permeable custom-fit lenses, to treat moderate to high levels of myopia and temporarily reshape the cornea. We also recommend MiSight® disposable one-day soft lenses, which are effective in slowing the progression of myopia, altering how light enters and retracts in the eye.

Certain patients could also be candidates for LASIK or PRK surgery for long-lasting results. Tell Dr. Perez if you are interested in laser vision correction, and she will let you know whether you are a good candidate.

How is Myopia Diagnosed?

Finding out if you have myopia is simple and almost always done during a routine eye examination. During this appointment, Dr. Perez will use a visual acuity test to measure how well you can see in detail at various distances. In this test, you will be asked to identify letters on a chart while wearing different corrective lenses. Other routine evaluations include a phoropter (also called a refractor) and a retinoscope (a tiny light) to measure how your retinas refract light. Each of these tests is quick and completely noninvasive, so patients can feel entirely at ease. After your tests are finished, we can discuss your most effective treatment options.

Myopia causes individuals to struggle with identifying far-off items, which can impact daily activities like driving or viewing presentations. Here are the primary symptoms that might indicate the presence of myopia:

  • Difficulty seeing distant objects clearly, while close-up vision remains sharp
  • Needing to squint to see things at a distance
  • Headaches caused by eye strain
  • Eyestrain or discomfort when trying to focus on far-away objects
  • Blurry vision when looking at distant objects

What Are the Causes of Myopia?

Studies have told us that myopia can be either inherited or caused by environmental factors. The abnormal shape of either the cornea or the eyeball causes unclear vision, which happens with nearsightedness. If the eyeball is a little elongated front to back, or if the cornea is too curved (astigmatism), the light entering the eye can't be adequately aimed onto the retina. Typically, myopia is first noticed in elementary school students, especially in children who may be genetically predisposed. However, older people may also develop nearsightedness due to environmental factors or additional health issues. Some standard practices connected to nearsightedness are intensive reading and writing spanning lengthy periods (for example, in study or professional environments), not going outside, and spending extended periods on mobile devices. Myopia can also be associated with unmanaged blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.

I had a wonderful experience for my annual vision exam. Doctor Perez explained in details the results of the scans and the health and condition of my eyes. It was my first time at this location but certainly will continue to come here for my future eye exams and prescription glasses. The entire team is excellent and the friendly reminders are helpful to ensure timely arrival and keep track of appt. I am very happy with the entire experience. Thank you!

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Everyone at TSO Bandera is very professional and friendly. All my concerns were answered. Highly recommend TSO Bandera.

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Many thanks to the Dr. Perez and her truly professional staff @ Texas State Optical. Their excellent expertise and overall quality coupled with a great “service with a smile” attitude have secured us as customers. Way to go!!!

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Always a great experience! Very professional and efficient. The entire staff is very friendly. Highly recommend.

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I really love this place. I have been going here since I first moved to San Antonio and the staff has always been very kind and welcoming. There is rarely any wait time and they explain everything to you and make sure that you fully understand what's going on with your eyes as well as what to look out for in the future and what to be aware of. It's honesty the best experience I've had for an eye doctor.

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A Treatable Condition

Neglecting vision that is no longer as great as it used to be may often lead to other uncomfortable symptoms, like headaches and aching eyes. Myopia is a very common refractive error that is treatable for most people who have it. Using prescription lenses or having laser surgery could dramatically enhance the overall well-being of San Antonio, TX men and women. Visit Texas State Optical Bandera to find out more or arrange your exam with Dr. Perez.

What happens if myopia is left untreated?

If myopia is left untreated, it will only continue to get worse. Not just that, it could actually lead to a number of other disorders within your eyes. That's why it's important to meet with a member of our team as soon as possible if you think you might have a myopia.

Does myopia get worse with age?

Myopia usually can continue to progress until you're in your early twenties. However, in some rare cases, it may worsen even after this point. This usually occurs in patients who have a continued elongation of the eye or suffer from regular visual stress.

Can LASIK fix myopia?

In many cases, LASIK can be used to treat myopia. However, this will differ from patient to patient depending on their specific eyes. If you're interested in receiving LASIK, let our staff know and we can determine if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.