Having Trouble Reading the Board? Read This!

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, September 7, 2011
School is back in session! Are you having trouble reading the board? Do you find yourself squinting to read street signs while driving? You may be experiencing myopia, one of the most common vision conditions. An estimated 70 million people in the United States suffer from myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, a condition in which the eye sees near objects clearly but distant objects appear blurry.

How can I tell if I have myopia?
Symptoms include distant objects appearing blurry, squinting, and eyestrain. Myopia is often diagnosed in children, but as the eyeball continues to grow, it is likely that the myopia will also worsen. The condition generally stabilizes around age 16 for women and around age 25 for men; however some cases can worsen with age. The condition can be hereditary - you have a greater risk if both of your parents are nearsighted.

The best way to ensure that the symptoms you're experiencing are attributed to myopia is to discuss them with your eye care professional, who can perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose the condition. To find an eye care professional near you, please click here.

How is myopia treated?
Myopia can be corrected using spherical contact lenses or glasses. Correction requires a "minus" lens to "weaken" the eye optimally, permitting clear distance vision. Click here to see a visual demonstration! CooperVision offers a range of contact lens brands that correct for myopia including Avaira, Biofinity, and Proclear. Try CooperVision contact lenses for free* with this Free Trial Coupon.

*By prescription only. Eye exam may be required and this coupon does not include eye exam or fitting fees. Print and bring this offer to your next visit with your eye care professional.

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