Myopia

Opulent Eyes Optometry

Optometry located in Studio City, CA

Do you have trouble seeing objects that are far away, like road signs, chalkboards, or a movie theater screen? If so, you might be suffering from myopia, known as nearsightedness, and in fact more than 40 percent of the U.S. population today is nearsighted. At Opulent Eyes Optometry in Studio City, California, Jeff Taranto, OD, has years of experience treating myopia with a large selection of solutions to fit your specific needs and lifestyle. Call or book an appointment online today to begin the process of seeing clearly.

Myopia Q & A

What is myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a vision impairment that makes it difficult to clearly see objects that are far away.

Common symptoms of myopia include:

  • Needing to squint to see clearly sometimes
  • Headaches caused by eyestrain
  • Difficulty seeing while driving a vehicle

Myopia doesn’t affect your vision for objects that are close to you, but does make things appear blurry if they’re not in your immediate vicinity. If you can read this computer screen just fine, but have trouble seeing the objects on the other side of the room, you might have myopia.

What causes myopia?

Normally, you see an object clearly when the light rays that enter your eyes converge and focus on your retina. If you have myopia, those rays of light converge at a point in front of your retina, rather than landing directly on it, which causes the image to appear blurry.

The primary reason that light rays would converge in front of your retina is a mismatch of the length of your eyeball and the curvature of your eye’s cornea or lens. If your eyeball is too long, your cornea or lens might not have the focusing power necessary to throw the light rays all the way back. Likewise, if your cornea or lens is too curved, it might not be able to focus the convergence as far back as it needs to.

How is myopia treated?

Dr. Taranto and the highly skilled team at Opulent Eyes Optometry have a number of solutions in their toolkit to treat your myopia. Standard prescription lenses for eyeglasses and contacts are always an option, and Opulent Eyes Optometry even offers Kodak Unique™ HD progressive lenses and multifocal contact lenses, which bring an unparalleled level of visual clarity if you suffer from other visual impairments in addition to myopia.

Dr. Taranto and the team at Opulent Eyes Optometry also offer ortho-k, or orthokeratology, to their myopia patients. This is a nonsurgical treatment where you wear rigid, gas permeable contact lenses at night.

These contacts are specially designed to temporarily reshape your cornea while you sleep. You take out the lenses when you wake up in the morning and enjoy the benefits of clear vision. Your eyes eventually return to their regular shape, so you’ll need to wear the lenses at night with regularity.

To start seeing clearly, call or book an appointment online today at Opulent Eyes Optometry.