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The shape of your eyes determines how well you see. We are not referring to whether they are almond-shaped or round, but rather if they are long or short. If your problem is having eyes too long, you have no problem reading print or seeing people that are close to you, but when you focus on things in the distance, your vision is fuzzy or blurred. If this describes your vision, you are myopic, or nearsighted. And you are not alone, according to the American Optometric Association, an estimated 30% of the population has myopia.
Due to its elongation, light entering the myopic eye is focused on a point in front of the retina instead of on its surface. Myopia can also occur if your cornea, the clear covering of your eye, has too much curvature. Since the root of the problem concerns the focusing of light, nearsightedness is classified as a refractive error, deriving from refraction, meaning the bending of a wave. To correct this error, our optometrist will prescribe one of several approaches which correct nearsightedness by bending the visual images entering the eye so they focus on the retina. But first he will conduct a comprehensive eye exam in order to determine which approach best fits your particular condition.
While we would love to say myopia is diminishing, the opposite is true. Not only does it remain the most common refractive error, but it is on the rise not only in Buffalo Grove and Long Grove but across the country. Although the reason for the rising number of nearsighted Americans continue to be debated, most optometrists believe it results from computer-related eye fatigue coupled with a genetic disposition towards myopia. Rest assured, our optometrist will continue to research new technologies to approach the problem.
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