Do you have trouble clearly seeing a television screen or whiteboard in school? If you see close objects clearly, but those farther away appear blurry, then you may have myopia. Commonly known as nearsightedness, myopia is a very common type of refractive error. According to the American Optometric Association, myopia affects about 30 percent of the population in the United States. This condition often occurs when your cornea is too curved, or your eyeball is slightly too long. As a result, they don’t produce a clear image of objects from a distance. It’s not very clear why this happens. Experts believe that it’s caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors that affect the eye’s normal development.
Myopia, also known as near-sightedness, is one of the most common vision problems to affect school-aged children. In fact, studies estimate that as many as 9% of children aged 5-17 are currently affected, and this is expected to rise over the coming decade.
TMS Eyecare is proud to announce that on January 1st, 2021, Heidi Ensley, O.D. became a partner in the practice. A native of Florence, KS, Dr. Ensley attended undergrad at Washburn University, she has been a valuable part of the practice since joining in 2012 after graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, and we couldn't be more excited for what the future holds with her on board.
If your child is nearsighted, glasses or contact lenses may help correct their vision. But, there is a lesser-known effective treatment called orthokeratology, or ortho-K.
The term myopia is used to refer to the nearsightedness condition. People who cannot see distant objects are myopic. Myopia is a common condition that affects people of all ages. Myopia is a result of refractive error. In most cases, the structure of the eye is to blame for myopia. When the cornea of the eye is irregularly shaped, then it distorts images making it hard to see objects that are far.
Diabetes can cause sufferers to experience a range of different problems. However, many people don’t realize that diabetes can have a direct effect on their eye health and vision too. Many people with diabetes go on to develop a condition known as diabetic retinopathy – a complication of their persistently high blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic, then you should be attending regular diabetic eye exams which are used to check for indications of diabetic retinopathy and, where necessary, prescribe treatment to help.
The American Association of Ophthalmology continue to warn people about the dangers of costume contact lenses. Halloween is just around the corner. Despite the pandemic, many are still planning to celebrate the occasion by wearing costumes. To complete their supernatural look, they are willing to wear unique contacts without prescription. While these lenses allow you to have a spine-chilling gaze, they are not healthy for your eyes. If you want to understand the risks of Halloween costume contacts, here’s what you should know.
Contact lenses are well regarded as one of the best treatments for vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Worn on the surface of the eye, they alter the way that light passes through it, ensuring that it hits the retina at the back of the eye properly so that the messages sent from the eye to the brain are accurate.
Caring for your eyes is important for your overall health. Aside from forming good eyecare habits on your own, you should also make time to get an annual eye exam. Experts at the American Academy of Ophthalmology say that children and adults should have regular eye tests. Every age group has a specific set of eye and vision health needs. If you have already scheduled your first eye checkup for you and your family, here’s what you can expect at an annual eye exam.
Going back to school means a lot of exciting things: new clothes, new shoes, a new backpack, and a new teacher. But, there’s one essential item that’s sometimes left off this back-to-school checklist — making appointments for comprehensive eye exams.