There are several options for treatment of myopia, including prescription glasses, contact lenses, and surgery.
For those with a mild to moderate myopia, lifestyle changes can help slow the progression of the condition.
These changes include:
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Taking prescribed vision therapy
- Getting regular exercise
- Avoiding the use of mobile phones and other devices that can cause headaches
- Avoiding near-sighted contact lenses
- Avoiding reading at night
- Avoiding screen time, such as TV and computer use
For those with a severe to complete myopia, prescription glasses or contact lenses are usually the only choices.
For those with severe myopia, a surgical procedure known as LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) may be a good option.
Other eye care practices
There are other eye care practices that may be able to provide more comprehensive eye care to those with myopia.
- The Keratoplastes Institute
- The Eye Institute
The Keratoplastes Institute is the only private eye care practice in the United States that is dedicated to the treatment of vision conditions such as myopia and nearsightedness.
It offers comprehensive eye exams, diagnostics, and comprehensive eye treatments.
The Eye Institute is a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive eye exams and vision therapy.
How can myopia be treated?
Myopia is treated with glasses or contact lenses.
For mild to moderate myopia, an eyeglass prescription may be sufficient for correcting vision.
For those with severe to complete myopia, prescription lenses or surgery may be the only options.
For those interested in low-cost or free myopia treatment, there are many options.
Here are a few of those options.
A prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses is usually required to correct mild to moderate myopia.
If this is the case, glasses with a large lens can help slow the progression of the condition.
However, for those with severe myopia, prescription lenses may be a good option.
For those interested in prescription glasses but not the cost, contact lenses may be an option.
Contact lenses are also a good option for those who have a fear of glasses or who are unhappy with their current lenses.
A doctor can fit contact lenses to your eyes and may offer options for both daily and night-time wear.
For severe to complete myopia, a vision correction procedure known as LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is often the only option.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, LASIK can help correct vision in people with mild to moderate myopia.
LASIK is a surgical procedure that involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea.
As a result, a person may see a clear image of the world around them.
However, the procedure is expensive and requires multiple visits to a surgeon.
The cost of LASIK can vary, depending on your location and the doctor and practice you choose.
In 2019, the average cost of a LASIK procedure was $4,500.
LASIK is usually recommended for people with a severe to complete myopia.
It may be possible for those with mild to moderate myopia to slow or stop the progression of the condition with vision therapy.
Vision therapy is a process in which a person may learn how to improve their vision and reduce myopia progression.
Vision therapy may include:
- Visual training
- Eye exercises
- Visual training with devices
- Computerized retinal exercises
- Use of special magnifiers
For those interested in vision therapy and a low cost option, there are many options.
Some vision therapy practices offer vision therapy at a reduced cost.
The Eye Institute can help you find a suitable vision therapist.
Several options are available for those interested in low-cost options, including:
- Low-cost eye exams. For those who are interested in getting a comprehensive eye exam, a free online eye exam may be an option.
- Low-cost eyeglasses. In some cases, low-cost prescription eyeglasses may be an option.
- Low-cost contact lenses. Contact lenses are another option, and some people may be able to get contacts at a reduced rate.
A person can also look for low-cost options for vision therapy and LASIK.
A person can look for low-cost options for both vision therapy and LASIK in the Eye Institute’s Directory of Low-Cost Vision Professionals.
People interested in these options can also speak with an eye care professional at the Eye Institute to find the right practitioner for them.
How can myopia be prevented?
There are several ways to prevent myopia.
The most straightforward way to prevent myopia is to wear corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
If someone has mild to moderate myopia and has not yet started or is not interested in corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses, prescription glasses or contact lenses may be a good option.
In some cases, a doctor may recommend that a person with a high myopia risk get a prescription for computer glasses.
Alternatively, a doctor may recommend that a person with a high myopia risk get a prescription for distance glasses.
It is not always possible to prevent myopia. However, there are several strategies a person can use to help slow down the progression of the condition.
Here are some of those options:
- Get good nutrition. A person with myopia may be more prone to nutritional deficiencies.
- Get a good night’s sleep. A person with myopia may be more susceptible to eyestrain and sleep deprivation.
- Lose weight. A person with myopia may be more prone to obesity.
- Exercise regularly. A person with myopia may be more prone to eye strain and other eye problems.
- Quit smoking. A person with myopia may be more prone to eye damage from long-term exposure to cigarette smoke.
- Avoid environmental factors. Some things that may seem harmless to someone else can cause eye strain and other eye problems for a person with myopia.
When to seek care?
A person should see an eye doctor if they have myopia or suspect that they may have it.
A person should seek medical attention if they begin to notice that their vision has changed, especially if they are not comfortable with the vision they are seeing.
An eye doctor can recommend a vision therapy or LASIK procedure to correct vision in people with myopia.
However, it is important to note that an eye doctor and a vision therapist may not be the same person.
The Eye Institute can help a person find a doctor and a therapist who can provide the best care for their eyes.
Myopia is a common vision condition that is easily treated.
If you or a loved one experience myopia, you can work with an eye care professional to find the best treatment options.
There are also several other options for myopia treatment that you can explore with your eye care professional
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