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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.

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.

I have been seeing Dr. Cambell for over 20 years! He is professional and friendly and makes eye exams easy and fun! I would highly recommend him for any of your optometry needs!

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Best eye care specialist in Seattle! I called to get my crooked eyeglasses fixed on the same day, and they were able to fit me into their schedule very easily. My glasses were not purchased at Spex, but they still fixed my glasses free of charge! The two women who helped me were the sweetest and kindest employees! I will definitely be getting my next eye exam done at Spex.

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Dr. Campbell and his staff are truly top notch. Both personable and professional, I couldn't ask for a better experience.

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I appreciate the quality of care I get from Dr Campbell. He is thorough, never makes me feel like the appointment is rushed, and always answers my questions. Also, he's a very interesting guy!

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Been seeing Dr Scott for over 20 years...always the best.

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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.