Myopia Control

Providing effective treatment for nearsightedness

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common eye disorder that causes distant objects to be blurry while objects that are closer appear clear. While short-sightedness often affects children—a common indicator is having trouble seeing the chalkboard at school—this eye condition impacts around 1.5 billion people worldwide. Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back or the cornea is too curved, causing the light that enters the eye to focus incorrectly. This leads to a refractive error, or blurred vision. More serious forms of the condition can also increase the chance of other conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, or a detached retina.


Blurred or Distorted Vision

One key indicator that you’re suffering from myopia is blurred or distorted vision when looking at objects at a distance. In fact, this is often the only symptom of nearsightedness.

Squinting or Eye Strain

You may find that you’re squinting or straining your eyes when trying to focus on objects at a distance. Squinting reduces the size of the opening where light enters the eye and temporarily makes objects appear clearer.


Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of myopia, which are typically caused by straining your eyes to make objects in the distance clearer.

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When suffering from blurred vision, eye strain, or headaches due to nearsightedness, it’s important to have regular visits with your eye doctor to manage symptoms and monitor changes in the retina that can lead to retinal detachment. At Pittsburgh Primary Eyecare, we address myopia control with a personalized, integrative approach. Our doctors will work with you to find the best method of treatment for your nearsightedness, whether through eyeglasses, contact lenses for myopia, refractive surgery, or Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) depending on the degree of myopia.