If you’re nearsighted (myopic), chances are you have dealt with the problem by wearing glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, LASIK or PRK may have even been used to address the issue and provide prescription-free vision improvement.

In either case, the problem is over right? Not necessarily.

Myopia is a common refractive error that comes with a host of potential complications. Even mild nearsightedness increases risks for glaucoma, and retinal detachment is four to ten times more likely among myopic patients than those with hyperopia or astigmatism. What’s more, high myopia increases risks for cataracts and may cause this eye disease to develop at an earlier age than is typical among those who are not nearsighted.

The takeaway? If you are myopic, maintaining routine visits with our NEPA eye doctors is one of the best ways to ensure swift treatment and protect your long-term vision when common complications occur.

The eye doctors at Northeastern Eye Institute recommend patients with refractive errors visit one of our 18 Pennsylvania locations every one to two years. During your next eye exam we would be happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you determine at what frequency your routine visits should occur.

To schedule an eye exam at one of our Northeastern Pennsylvania locations, please contact us online or by calling 800-334-2233 today.