Perhaps the most common vision problem in America is nearsightedness, also known as myopia. The American Optometric Association estimates that 30 percent of the U.S. population is affected by some degree of myopia.
People suffering from myopia can see nearby objects clearly, but cannot focus properly on distant objects. Most forms of myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. But for patients who may not wish to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, 20/20 Image Eye Centers can offer alternative treatments to control myopia. These include corneal refractive therapy and laser eye surgery.
Corneal Refractive Therapy: Reshaping Your Eyes for Improved Vision
For some people with mild to moderate nearsightedness problems, corneal refractive therapy (CRT) may offer relief. The eye doctors of 20/20 Image Eye Centers have successfully helped hundreds of patient to improve their vision using corneal refractive therapy.
CRT involves the fitting of specially shaped, gas permeable contact lenses that are worn overnight. While you sleep, the lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye (cornea). When you remove the lenses you are often able to see more clearly without corrective lenses. The effects of CRT are temporary, generally lasting for one or two days, so we often recommend wearing the CRT lenses on a nightly basis.
LASIK Laser Correction
LASIK laser eye surgery is a more permanent solution that is appropriate for certain patients who suffer from myopia. LASIK is a patented procedure that has helped millions of people eliminate their reliance on eyeglasses or contact lenses.
In the LASIK procedure, a medical laser is used to reshape the cornea. It typically takes between five and fifteen minutes for both of your eyes, and you will remain awake during the entire procedure.
Most LASIK eye surgery patients will notice a dramatic improvement in their vision immediately after the LASIK procedure, and find they no longer need eyeglasses or contact lenses to enjoy clear vision.
See Your Way Clear to Scheduling an Eye Exam Today
If you are having trouble seeing objects that are at a distance, you may be suffering from myopia. Call to schedule an eye exam and to receive guidance on ways to treat nearsightedness.