Some of the most common eye conditions that Dr. Shannon Chandler, your local Las Vegas optometrist, observes in her patients are refractive errors like nearsightedness and farsightedness. Myopia, which is the technical name for nearsightedness, is an optical condition that affects your ability to see at farther distances. This is caused by a structural disorder of the eye. In an eye with myopia, the eye is elongated, which causes the light rays to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. Myopia usually presents itself during childhood and is typically discovered when a child in the classroom cannot see the chalkboard. Individuals are at a greater risk of developing myopia if they have a family history of the condition. Some symptoms that serve as indicators of myopia include blurry vision, squinting, and moving closer to see objects. Additionally, because people with myopia tend to squint their eyes in order to see better, this constant squinting can result in eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our local Las Vegas optometrist at your earliest convenience. Dr. Chandler can confirm a diagnosis of nearsightedness through a simple eye exam.
Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, is essentially the opposite of myopia. People who are farsighted have issues seeing objects at closer distances but can see objects at a farther distance better. This condition is also related to the length of the eye. Hyperopia is
characterized by an eye that is shorter than average. This results in difficulty viewing objects closer to them. Much like myopia, the distance at which people with hyperopia have difficulty seeing depends solely on their individual degree of the condition. Some symptoms that indicate you may have hyperopia include blurred vision while reading, eye fatigue, headaches, and an inability to sustain concentration. If you notice any of these symptoms, Dr. Chandler can confirm a diagnosis of hyperopia during a regular eye exam. Fortunately, both nearsightedness and farsightedness can easily be treated with the use of prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or corrective surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about your eye health and the related services provided by our local Las Vegas optometrist, we invite you to visit Dr. Chandler’s website. There you can find
additional information about these conditions and more. If you have any questions or concerns that we can help you with, do not hesitate to contact us by phone or online.