Myopia Control with Our Lubbock Eye Doctors at Ginter Eyecare Center
The odds are greater than ever that you'll develop myopia during your lifetime. Otherwise known as nearsightedness, myopia affected 25 percent of the U.S. population a year ago, but it's risen to over 40 percent today. It can develop at any age, from schoolchildren to adults, and is the leading cause of the need for vision correction. At Ginter Eyecare Center, our optometrists see patients with myopia every week, and have a wide variety of methods for correcting and controlling it.
Our Lubbock Optometrists Define Nearsightedness
Normal eyes are shaped like a sphere or ball, with no flat spots on the surface. Our Lubbock optometrists will tell you that when the eye is misshapen, it affects the ability for you to see. Eyes that are too long, from front to back, cause myopia, or the inability to see clearly farther away. Light rays enter the lens of the eye and try to focus on a specific point on the retina, in the back of the eye. When the eye is too long, the focus point converges in the middle of the eye, short of hitting the retina. A fuzzy picture is the result.
In most cases, myopia will develop and worsen throughout your life. Because of this, it's important that you come in for an eye exam on a regular basis. Our eye doctors can determine if your prescription for vision correction is strong enough, and will prescribe new eyeglasses or contact lenses if your eyesight has gotten worse.
How Can Optometry Treat Myopia for the Surrounding Communities of Lubbock, Wolfforth, and Woodrow, TX?
Once you've been diagnosed with myopia, our doctors of optometry will offer you a wide range of options for vision correction. The most common and familiar of these methods are traditional eyeglasses, and contact lenses. Even with these two methods there are decisions to be made, such as glass or plastic eyeglass lenses and daily or disposable contact lenses.
If you're not comfortable wearing either one of these, or if your daily life makes it difficult or dangerous to wear contacts or eyeglasses, we offer other options. Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is a special type of contact lens. You put the lenses on at night and wear them while you sleep. In the morning, you remove the lenses and store them until the next night. While you're sleeping, the lenses gently work to reshape your eyes, correcting your vision temporarily. While the effect lasts up to 48 hours, we ask that patients wear Ortho-K lenses every night to make sure the vision correction is at its most effective every day.
A more permanent solution can be found with refractive surgery. In LASIK, the most common type of refractive surgery, eye doctors remove a small bit of corneal tissue, which allows the eyes to focus more clearly. Another type of surgery, PRK, involves removing a thin layer of corneal tissue, flattening the cornea and allowing light rays to focus more intensely.
The most advanced treatment for myopia, especially for patients needing stronger prescriptions or with thinner corneas who wouldn't be a good candidate for LASIK or PRK, are implantable lenses. Known as phakic IOLs, these lenses are placed in the eye surgically, and typically have zero maintenance after recovery.
Myopia can affect your school, work and lifestyle, but at Ginter Eyecare Center we offer many different ways to correct your vision. Call our office for an exam appointment at 806-798-8820. We treat patients in Lubbock, Wolfforth, Woodrow and the surrounding communities, and we'll be happy to make an appointment that fits with your busy lifestyle.