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Don’t be myopic about this eye condition

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Do you have myopia or are you nearsighted? The two terms are interchangeable, referring to people who can see close objects clearly. But objects that are far away? Not so much. It’s one of the most common vision conditions of all, affecting an estimated 30-40% of the U.S. population.

Studies have shown that parents with myopia are much more likely to have children who also go on to develop it. It often first shows up in childhood, around ages 9 or 10. It also can develop in adults. Nearsightedness occurs when the eyeball is too long or the cornea, the clear dome where light rays first enter your eye, has too much curvature. That causes a “refractive error,” or a condition in which light entering the eye is not focused correctly, making distant objects appear blurry.

Symptoms include blurry vision when looking at distant objects and the need to squint to see clearly. People with myopia also may have headaches or have difficulty driving. We can diagnose nearsightedness with a general eye exam. Based on that exam, we can determine the degree of refractive error in order to write a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. We also offer the most advanced LASIK technology in Utah and the Kamra Inlay, another option for correcting vision.

At Utah Eye Centers, we have convenient locations, experienced doctors and friendly staff. We offer comprehensive vision examinations and a variety of other vision care services. Each location has a full service, state of the art ophthalmic practice where we provide a broad range of procedures and use advanced diagnostic technology and vision correction products to properly treat and enhance your vision quality.

We offer a variety of appointment times to accommodate your busy schedule. Need an appointment? Call us to schedule one today at (801) 476-0494.

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