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Myopia Treatment for Santa Cruz, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and San Jose

Myopia, a condition commonly referred to as nearsightedness or being "short-sighted," is the most common of all refractive errors -- but that doesn't make it any less of a concern. Whether you suffer from moderate myopia that can be corrected with eyeglasses or extreme pathological myopia that calls for medical treatment, you'll find the solutions you seek here at Spectrum Eye Physicians, serving Santa Cruz, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and San Jose.

woman wearing her new eyeglasses

Causes and Complications of Myopia

Most cases of "short-sighted" vision are the result of an elongated eyeball. Ideally, the eyes have a spherical shape that allows incoming to light to be refracted with great precision, with the image coming into sharp focus on the retina. But for countless millions of people, the eye is slightly too "long," causing the image to come into focus before it actually reaches the retina. As a result, near images may seem clear enough, but distant images will appear blurry. Sometimes the curvature of the cornea or lens is the cause of the refractive error.

Myopia tends to become evident in childhood, growing progressively worse during the school years. One particular type of myopia, pathological myopia, is especially hazardous to vision. in this condition, the eyeball becomes so elongated that the eye falls prey to myopia as well as having an elevated risk for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment. Pathological myopia and its complications can lead to blindness. But even a mild case of myopia can interfere with reading, writing, studying and learning, producing headaches and eye strain along the way.

Vision Testing and Treatment Options from Our Optometrists and Ophthalmologists

The optometrists at Spectrum Eye Physicians can diagnose nearsightedness with a comprehensive eye exam and vision test. If you need corrective lenses, we can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision. While there's no outright cure for myopia, LASIK surgery is the next best thing to a cure. Our ophthalmologists can perform this laser surgery, which permanently alters your corneas for lens-free vision correction. We can also diagnose a case of pathological myopia in its early stages, responding with prescriptions for specialized eyewear -- or even surgical procedure to remove the lens of the eye, which produces an immediate and dramatic reduction in nearsightedness.

Concerned About Nearsightedness? Schedule an Eye Exam and Vision Test

If you're worried that you or someone in your family may be struggling with nearsightedness, there's no time like the present to schedule an eye exam and vision test at Spectrum Eye Physicians, serving Santa Cruz, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and San Jose. Give us a call at 408-884-2215!