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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.

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Top-notch provider - the combination of excellent "bedside manner", deep knowledge of the eye and it's foibles and ability to communicate that information in a clear, detailed, understandable manner along with great support staff in the front office is difficult to find these days and a real pleasure to experience -- every appointment

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I've been coming here for about 2 years and I've only ever had positive experiences. Best optometrist I've ever been to. Dr Campbell is very knowledgeable, thorough, genuine and friendly. Great bedside manner! The staff here are super friendly too and go above and beyond, like Lacey and Anna. Always helpful and kind. For frames, they have lots of stylish, high quality choices. Highly recommend!

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I arrived in seattle late Friday night to realize I had left my contacts back home. My prescription is -6.50! Rushed to Spex 8:57am Saturday morning and they were extremely helpful and welcoming. Amazing selection of frames and were a lifesaver giving me a backup of contacts.

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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.