About Myopia (Nearsightedness)
Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a visual impairment that makes it difficult to clearly distinguish items that are far away or at a distance. It is one of the most common vision problems, affecting about 30 percent of the American population. Nearsighted people can typically see quite well close up but have problems seeing things farther away, such as the front of classrooms or street signs while driving. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to manage or correct myopia and obtain sharper vision. If you have difficulty seeing far away, or if your child has to squint during class, schedule an appointment with Koch Eye Associates of the greater Rhode Island area. Our highly skilled team in our Wakefield, Woonsocket, North Kingstown, Warwick, Providence, and Johnston, RI offices can determine your grade of nearsightedness and offer a number of solutions to match your lifestyle and provide clearer vision.
"I first went to Koch Eye many years ago after being referred there for a follow up appointment after being treated at the emergency room for an eye injury, That was the only time I actually saw Dr. Koch himself (who was very nice by the way) It is only in the last few years (since my old lady eyes have begun to need reading glasses) that I have come in regularly for my eye exam and glasses prescription. I never have any problem with wait time because there are several optometrists. Really the only thing I am not crazy about is their hours. I wish it was possible to get an evening appointment or that there was an occasional Saturday. The office staff is pleasant and courteous"- I.C. / Yelp / May 09, 2019
"The staff was great good exam. They took the time to explain what and why the we’re doing"- A.R. / Facebook / Jan 30, 2020
"I had been going to Vision World/ Works for the last 20 years for eye exams, glasses, contacts. When I was last seen a few years ago I was told my eyes had weakened and I needed -6.0 in my left eye and -5.0 in my right, a substantial increase from -4.75 left and -3.75 right two years before. Needless to say I experienced hyperopia and needed readers for the first time. I wasn't able to read labels, see my phone, or use a laptop without readers of at least +2.5. I was recentl...y seen by Dr Besen at Koch Eye who prescribed contacts of -5.25 left and -4.25 right. I'm absolutely certain that Vision World had me in lenses that were too strong because now I can see my laptop without readers, and I can see my phone if I hold it at arms length. Not only can I see better (for distance as well as close up), but the entire experience of walking into Koch, being greeted by reception, having a preliminary exam by the optician assistants, receiving a full eye exam by the optometrist, being properly fitted for glasses by the optician, and checking out with reception, is exponentially superior with Koch. Clearly the entire staff enjoy their careers, and are friendly, professional, and completely competent. Thank you, Koch Eye Associates! I will recommend you to everyone I know. Sincerely, Kate Carroll"- K.C. / Facebook / Nov 13, 2019
"Had LASIK on 8/14/2020, great experience, I was well informed of what to expect. No surprises. Dr. Gerber was very professional and has good bed side manners. For my follow up the next day I saw Dr. Bae and she was very nice, friendly and sweet. The entire staff at all the locations I have visited for eye exams, purchase glasses and/or contacts have been very nice. Very nice and clean locations, everyone wears a mask and practice social distancing as much as possible. I am glad I had this team for my surgery and my family eye care needs."- S.R. / Yelp / Aug 25, 2020
"This is one of the most easy going, kind, helpful Eye Dr I am lucky to have she keeps up with new eye Technologies which is very cool and has taken good care of my eyes and made all my appointment easy, and took the time to ask my concerns and cares about me to make me a happy patient thank you to her and all the great staff she has on her team :)!!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Aug 04, 2020
The primary symptom of nearsightedness is difficulty in seeing things at a distance. The objects may be blurry, or you may be unable to see certain objects at all. Other signs that you may be nearsighted are headaches and fatigue. Headaches and fatigue can both be caused by the constant eye strain of trying to focus on distant items. Nearsightedness is usually very easy to manage with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or laser vision surgery. However, if you still have problems even after trying these solutions, it is important that you schedule an eye exam at Koch Eye Associates to determine the problem.
The medical cause of myopia, or nearsightedness, is that the eyeball is too long from front to back, causing its curve to bend light differently. The light that enters the eye is directed slightly in front of, rather than centered on, the retina, causing items to appear blurred. The onset of nearsightedness is usually during school-age years, especially for those who are genetically predisposed to the condition. However, adults can also develop myopia due to health conditions; for example, changes in blood sugar levels in diabetic patients can lead to myopia.
Nearsightedness can be treated with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or laser vision correction surgery. At your appointment, we will discuss your diagnosis and lifestyle to be able to recommend the best option for you. If you opt for laser vision correction, we will schedule a meeting with one of our ophthalmologists for your next steps.
Clear Vision At All Distances
Nearsightedness is a vision impairment that many people live with. It can cause discomfort, such as headaches and fatigue, even if you already have prescription lenses. Fortunately, this is highly treatable for most people, which can drastically improve their quality of life. Contact Koch Eye Associates of greater Rhode Island to set up an appointment with one of our experienced team members to clear up your vision problems today.