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What is nearsightedness and how is it corrected?

Your eyes play an important role in your everyday life. When problems arise, it can significantly impact your quality of life. Patients who have certain eye conditions, including nearsightedness or “myopia,” will want to speak to an eye professional to get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

What is myopia?

Myopia is a common concern. Also called nearsightedness, myopia makes it difficult to see objects clearly that are far away. It is often a result of steep curvature of the cornea, too powerful of interocular lenses, or too great of a distance between the retina to the back of the interocular lens of the eyes. In most situations, the condition is hereditary, so a patient who has myopia often has one or both parents who have it as well.

How is myopia corrected?

To address myopia, most patients have two options. The first is the use of prescription eyewear, including eyeglasses or contact lenses. They can often correct the issue and help patients see clearly both close up and far away. Patients may also want to ask about LASIK eye surgery. LASIK is a refractive surgical procedure that can be performed with Dr. Robert Schnipper of Jacksonville Eye Center and in most cases can eliminate a patient’s reliance on prescription eyewear.

Who is a candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

While eyeglasses and contact lenses are a fast and affordable method of addressing vision concerns such as myopia, many patients don’t like the idea of dealing with these prescription eyewear solutions. To determine if a patient is a good fit for LASIK eye surgery, they must start by scheduling a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with Dr. Robert Schnipper to find out if LASIK is right for them in the treatment of myopia.

Contact Jacksonville Eye Center today

Whether you have specific eye concerns or are interested in a routine evaluation, contact Dr. Robert Schnipper of Jacksonville, FL by calling (904) 355-5555. Our practice, conveniently located at 2001 College Street, is readily available to accept new and current patients of the community. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients at our state-of-the-art facility!

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