Myopia Specialist

Cascade Vision Center

Optometry located in Renton, WA

Do you have trouble clearly viewing writing on blackboards or street signs from far away? The team at Cascade Vision Center in Renton, Washington, commonly sees people who suffer from myopia, or nearsightedness. In fact, the number of people in the United States with myopia is rapidly growing. The staff at Cascade Vision Center can both correct your myopia and slow its progression, so call the office or make an appointment online today for your first consultation.

Myopia Q & A

Cascade Vision Center

What is myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is an eye condition that limits your long-distance vision. Myopia is often caused by structural abnormalities in the eye, such as an especially long eyeball or an over-rounded cornea. Common symptoms of myopia include:

  • Difficulty reading words that are far away
  • Squinting
  • Eye strain
  • Eye fatigue
  • Headaches


Myopia can be resolved easily using vision correcting devices. However, untreated myopia can lead to chronic symptoms and the deterioration of your vision, including retinal detachment and possible blindness.

What causes myopia?

Family history increases your risk for myopia. If your parents wear glasses or contact lenses, you have a higher risk of needing vision correction. The same is true for your children if you wear glasses. Children often are fitted for their first pair of glasses or contacts around the age of 8-12.

Adults may also develop myopia for a variety of reasons. Environmental stress on your eyes, such as extended computer use, can lead to eye strain and worsening vision. Other causes can include health conditions with eye-related complications, such as diabetes.

How can I prevent myopia?

Although myopia is in part a hereditary disorder, it can be partially prevented and controlled by living a healthy lifestyle. The doctors at Cascade Vision Center recommend the following lifestyle habits to maintain healthy vision:

  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses
  • Schedule breaks during extended computer usage
  • Eat healthy
  • Don’t smoke
  • Schedule regular comprehensive eye exams


By maintaining healthy habits, you’re protecting your eyes from damage that can worsen your vision.

How is myopia treated?

Myopia is often treated with different vision correcting methods. These can include:

  • Glasses
  • Contacts
  • Orthokeratology
  • LASIK surgery


If you already wear glasses or contacts and are still experiencing vision blurriness when looking at distant objects, you may need to update your prescription. Additionally, recipients of LASIK surgery may develop myopia even after their surgery and need vision correcting aids like glasses or contacts.

There is new research showing that myopia can be slowed through the use of different myopia control treatments. Gurpinderjeet Kaur, OD, FAAO, one of the highly trained doctors at Cascade Health, is residency- and fellowship-trained and has special expertise in slowing the progression of myopia.

If you’re looking for a practice dedicated to helping you achieve crystal-clear vision, call Cascade Vision Center or schedule an appointment online today.