Myopia in Seattle, WA

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About 40 percent of the population in the United States has myopia, or nearsightedness, making it one of the most diagnosed refractive vision impairments. Myopia is a refractive error that causes struggles with or a lack of ability to see items or focal points that are not close to the eye. This means that far-away images may appear fuzzy, or the patient may not be able to see them at all. If you are myopic, there are several options to address it and help enhance your distance vision. At his office in Seattle, WA, Dr. Scott Campbell and his team diagnose and treat refractive errors, like myopia, and provide appropriate solutions that best fit your lifestyle. Contact SPEX to schedule a refractive exam if you are experiencing differences in your sight or are having difficulty seeing from a distance.

Experts have indicated that myopia, or nearsightedness, can develop due to a variety of reasons. This condition affects vision because of the shape of the cornea or the length of the eyeball. When the light entering the eye doesn't focus correctly on the retina, it leads to impaired vision. Understanding the causes of myopia is essential, as it often starts in childhood but can also affect adults due to different factors. The causes of myopia include:

  • Hereditary factors: Children with a family history of myopia are more likely to develop the condition
  • Environmental factors: Lack of outdoor activities and prolonged focus on close objects can contribute to myopia
  • Lifestyle choices: Extended screen time on devices such as smartphones and tablets has become a notable factor

Additionally, myopia can be influenced by health-related issues, such as diabetes, which can cause fluctuations in vision due to changing blood sugar levels. Recognizing these factors is crucial for early intervention and management of myopia. Early detection and corrective measures can significantly improve quality of life and prevent the progression of nearsightedness.

Diagnosing myopia is a simple process and is typically done with a routine vision acuity exam. The majority of people have seen this test, which usually involves reading letters ranging in size on an eye chart. Further familiar evaluations that are often performed use a phoropter (also called a refractor) and a retinoscope (a tiny light) to test how your retinas refract light. Myopia can be treated through prescribed eyeglasses or contacts to enhance vision. Often, patients choose to use both glasses and contacts to suit their lifestyle needs. Many people may also be candidates for laser vision correction surgery for long-term results.

Dr. Campbell is magnificent. His office is filled with the most cutting edge technology. He does the most thorough and wholistic diagnostic examination. I’ve been going for 29 years! That’s how good he is.

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I’ve been going to Spex and Dr. Campbell for almost 25 years. He also takes care of my wife and my kids. If you’re thinking about a new eye, do yourself a favor and go to Spex and see Dr.Campbell and his staff. You’ll thank me later!!!!

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If I could give 6 stars, I would. Everything about this practice is top notch. The staff and Dr Campbell are super friendly, highly professional, and go out of their way to listen and give expert care accordingly. Their selection of frames is wonderful as well. Love the new office - really beautifully designed!

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Oh, Dr. Campbell... you took such amazing care of me. You did everything, so I was so confident in my eye care. You broke the mold.... I guess I'll just have to fly across the country for my care!!! #noonecomesclose

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Everything about my experience was top-notch. The new location is excellent and easy to reach by public transportation. The staff are not only kind, but clearly expert professionals. Dr. Campbell has a gift for narrating his actions, allowing his patients clarity about what he is seeing in the various scans. He then provides options for treatment. Highly recommended.

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Patients in Seattle, WA with myopia have several wonderful treatment options to choose from to see more clearly. Using prescription lenses, contacts, or having laser surgery can greatly enhance your quality of life. Visit SPEX to learn more or arrange your eye exam with Dr. Scott Campbell to decide which of these options is the best fit for you.

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How can I prevent myopia from getting worse?

You can prevent myopia from progressing by taking steps to protect your eye health. Some of these measures include:

  • Refraining from working or reading in dim or dark conditions
  • Wearing sunglasses when necessary
  • Spending time outside
  • Wearing protective eyegear for common hobbies
  • Regular screen breaks from devices or computers
  • Attending regular eye exams
Can myopia be cured?
There is no current cure for myopia, but it can be treated very effectively. Most people use glasses and contact lenses to improve their nearsighted vision and achieve some relief.
Can myopia cause blindness if untreated?
While it is rare, high myopia and degenerative myopia can cause blindness if left untreated. However, typical forms of nearsightedness are very treatable with glasses and contact lenses. Even more severe myopia can be remediated with laser procedures and surgeries at SPEX.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.