One of the most common eye issues that our Philadelphia optometrist detects in the patients that visit us here at Eye Encounters is myopia. Myopia is commonly referred to as nearsightedness. To be nearsighted means that you can see objects that are close to you clearly, but you struggle to see objects that are at a distance from you. Nearsightedness varies in its severity from person to person. For example, people with severe cases of nearsightedness may struggle to see objects that are only a few inches away from them, while people with milder nearsightedness will be able to see objects that are a few yards away from them clearly.
Nearsightedness has a tendency to run in families, and it usually begins to develop during childhood or early adolescence. If you are having trouble seeing clearly, if you are experiencing eye strain, and if you are getting headaches frequently, it is likely that you may be nearsighted. If you are familiar with these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Philadelphia optometrist here at Eye Encounters for a comprehensive eye exam. An eye exam can confirm a diagnosis of nearsightedness for you. If you are diagnosed with nearsighted, it is good to know that it can easily be treated. Most people correct their nearsightedness with the use of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. You might also choose to undergo corrective surgery like LASIK as a means of improving your vision. Our Philadelphia optometrist can go through all of your treatment options with you so that you can choose the one that is best suited for you.
If you are interested in learning more about some basic eye health topics and the related services provided by our Philadelphia optometrist, we encourage you to visit the main Eye Encounters website to look through some additional information that you might find helpful. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss, do not hesitate to contact our staff for assistance. You can reach us either by calling Eye Encounters directly, or sending us a message online. We look forward to working with you here soon at Eye Encounters.