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Learn About Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Dr. Joseph King is the Official LASIK Surgeon of the Vancouver Canucks.

At King LASIK, our ophthalmologists perform refractive surgery in order to correct common visual errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. King LASIK doctors are among the most experienced in the field of laser eye surgery and each of our facilities is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for exceptional laser vision correction. Read on to learn about myopia and how our eye care experts can help individuals with this condition eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

Myopia

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is one of the most commonly experienced refractive errors. It is estimated that one-third of all Americans are affected by this condition.

Symptoms

While myopia does not affect the appearance of nearby objects, it causes distant objects to appear blurry or hazy.  As such, a person with nearsightedness might normally be able to read a book without difficulty but have trouble discerning things such as road signs in the distance. Myopia can cause headaches and eyestrain due to the frequent squinting required to recognize distant objects. A person's level of nearsightedness may remain the same throughout most of his or her life; however a condition known as myopic creep can occur in which nearsightedness progressively worsens over time.

Causes

Myopia occurs in people whose corneas are too curved or eyes are too long from front to rear. In both instances, the eyes produce blurry distant vision by focusing images in front of the retina, rather than on it.

Treatment

Myopia can be managed with various types of corrective eyewear such as glasses and contact lenses.  A more permanent solution, however, is laser vision correction.

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Laser Vision Correction for Myopia

At King LASIK, we are committed to providing high quality laser vision correction to people living throughout the United States and Canada.  In treating myopia, the goal of laser eye surgery is to alter the refractive power of the cornea by flattening it and enabling it to focus images directly on the retina rather than in front of it. Our surgeons specialize in correcting myopia through both conventional LASIK as well as the most technologically advanced procedure known as custom LASIK. Depending on your financial and treatment preferences, our doctors will determine which procedure is ideally suited for you. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of laser eye surgery, please contact us today for a free laser vision correction evaluation.

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