Roughly 40% of the American population deals with the same problem: nearsightedness. Also called myopia, this eye condition develops because your eye doesn’t focus light into it the way it should.
While myopia is common, it can be hard to spot. In many people, vision worsens gradually over time. And that means you might think you’re seeing normally even when you’re a good measure away from 20/20 vision.
In fact, this is part of the reason we recommend regular eye exams for adults and kids here at our Benjamin Optical offices throughout New York City. In just a few minutes, our team can determine if myopia affects your vision. And, if so, we can fit you with eyeglasses or contact lenses you need to see clearly.
Should you come get your vision checked for nearsightedness? Here are a few telltale signs.
As its name suggests, nearsightedness means you can see things clearly up close (i.e., when they’re near) but you struggle to see further away.
Specifically, you don’t have 20/20 vision. That means that you see with less clarity at 20 feet away than the average person. So if you notice that things look blurry when you’re at a distance, talk with us.
If you’re not sure if your vision is blurrier than the average person’s, start asking friends and family if they can read road signs or other text at certain distances. If you realize that most people can clearly make out something that looks blurry to you, you probably have myopia.
As we mentioned before, myopia occurs because light doesn’t focus properly into your eye. As a result, squinting can help — albeit only by a small measure.
Notice if you squint to see things that are far away. If so, you might have myopia.
Also, if you have children, be on the lookout for whether they squint or tilt their heads to see things at a distance. If so, you should get their eyes checked.
If your eyes can’t make things out as clearly as they should, they have to work harder throughout the day. Do you notice that your eyes feel tired by the day’s end? It could be myopia.
Because your eyes work overtime to make things out, myopia can take a toll on your head in general. In fact, headaches are one of the most common nearsightedness symptoms.
Fortunately, correcting your myopia with glasses or contact lenses eliminates symptoms like eye strain and headaches. To diagnose myopia so you can see clearly with less discomfort during the day, call any of our offices or book an appointment online today.