What is Myopia?
As a leading Westchester County LASIK and Refractive Surgeon , Dr. Lippman has extensive experience treating a myriad of vision problems, including myopia. Please read the information below to learn about this correctable vision condition, which is also known as nearsightedness.
What is Myopia?
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a very common vision problem experienced by almost one-third of the people in Westchester County as well as across the U.S. population. While nearsighted people can often see very well up-close and can perform tasks such as reading without difficulty, their distance vision is unfocused and poor. Because of myopia, driving, playing sports and participating in other activities requiring distance vision often becomes difficult. Some of the most common signs of myopia are:
- Blurred distance vision
- Frequent squinting when viewing distant objects
- Unusual fatigue after playing sports or driving
If you experience these symptoms and suspect that you might be suffering from myopia, please use our contact page to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lippman. During your visit, he will perform a thorough eye examination to determine which vision correction treatment is most suitable for you.
How Does Myopia Develop?
While myopia is usually hereditary, sometimes it can also be brought on by eye injury. Regardless of the cause, myopia affects vision due to the distorted shape of the eyeball. While the normal eye is shaped like a baseball, a myopic eye is slightly longer from front to back. This distortion disrupts proper focusing of light rays. Instead of focusing on the retina, light rays focus at a point in front of the retina, causing distant objects to appear blurred.
How Is Myopia Treated?
For many years myopia could only be treated with glasses and/or contact lenses. Today this common condition can be effectively corrected through laser eye surgery, as well. At Dr. Lippman’s state of the art facility, nearsighted patients can choose between LASIK and PRK laser refractive treatments. The latter procedure is often selected by patients with large pupils and/or thin corneas — two factors that might disqualify them from undergoing LASIK.
While PRK is appropriate for a wider range of patients, it is not for everyone. For those patients who are not candidates for any type of laser refractive surgery but desire to achieve freedom from prescription correction, Dr. Lippman offers advanced clear lens exchange (CLE) treatment. During this procedure, he replaces patients’ natural lenses with artificial lens implants (IOLs). Dr. Lippman is one of the most experienced, New Rochelle, and White Plains Crystalens and multifocal IOL specialists. He has helped numerous nearsighted patients achieve clear vision by providing them with these convenient, lens implants. In addition to offering IOLs as part of clear lens exchange surgery, Dr. Lippman also uses these premium implants when performing cataract surgery in Westchester County.