Myopia: frequently asked questions at Southside Eye Care

Drs. Michael Keverline and Theodore Hallberg of Southside Eye Care in Chesapeake, VA believe that knowledge is power. The more patients know about their vision health, the more likely they are to work regularly with an eye doctor for comprehensive screenings, examinations, and care. A condition that impacts many individuals is that of myopia—more commonly known as nearsightedness.

Q: What causes myopia?

A: Myopia develops due to an elongated eyeball or curved cornea. This may occur due a family history, reduced exposure to sunlight, or from time spent reading or working on a computer. The condition can range from mild to highly severe.

Q: How common is myopia?

A: Myopia is one of the most common refractive errors found in both children and adults.

Q: What is vision like for a patient who has myopia?

A: People with myopia will often see items clearly that are close by them, while their vision for objects further away may be blurry. It is the opposite result of a patient who has farsightedness, meaning their vision is clearer for objects further away but blurry close up.

Q: Does myopia get worse or better with time?

A: In most instances, nearsightedness can worsen over time, especially in children who have been diagnosed with the condition. The best way to catch it early is to have a first examination with a medical professional around the age of 6 months and again at 3. This allows an eye doctor to spot the signs of myopia and intervene early enough.

Q: What can improve myopia?

A: Many patients who have been diagnosed with this condition find that prescription eyeglasses and contacts can correct this vision concern. It is best to work with our team to decide the best treatment option based on your unique vision needs.

Learn more about myopia and other conditions with the team at Southside Eye Care

Drs. Michael Keverline and Theodore Hallberg are available to help patients in the Chesapeake, VA area with their eye care needs. If you live in the community and want to speak to a professional about your vision health, call (757) 484-0101 today to request an appointment.. We are committed to helping educate patients and their families about eye care solutions.


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