Nearsightedness Treatment

Nearsightedness (Myopia)

What is Nearsightedness? 

Nearsightedness is an eye condition in which you are able to see nearby objects clearly, but far away objects appear blurry or fuzzy. It’s also called myopia. According to the American Optometric Association, almost 30 percent of Americans have this problem- and it’s not too hard to treat!

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Symptoms of Nearsightedness

The most obvious symptom of nearsightedness is blurry vision. Children may have trouble seeing the blackboard at school, while adults may not be able to see street signs clearly. Other symptoms include headaches, squinting eyes and eye fatigue which usually go away about a week or two after treatment with eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Risk Factors for Nearsightedness

Myopia is often diagnosed between the ages of 8 and 12, according to the National Eye Institute. Since your eyes are growing at this age, their shape changes as well. Adults usually remain nearsighted if they have the condition as a child, but nearsightedness can also be caused by diabetes or other health conditions. Another risk factor for myopia is visual stress – eye strain from doing detailed work such as reading or using a computer that leads to blurred vision. It’s also possible that people may inherit myopia from one or both parents who are nearsighted themselves.

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Eye Anatomy: How do we become Nearsighted?

Nearsightedness is caused by a refractive error. A refractive error occurs when the eye doesn’t focus light correctly, resulting in blurred vision or blurry images.  If you’re nearsighted, your eye focuses light in front of your retina instead of onto it.  The retina is the surface at the back of your eye that collects light and converts it into electrical impulses which are read by your brain as pictures.  A myopic (nearsighted) eyeball is usually too long and sometimes its cornea is too round, which causes the refractive error, and makes images appear blurry.

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How Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Help?

While common Western treatments for nearsightedness such as wearing glasses or contact lenses may work for some people, others may find these treatments awkward, irritating and just not practical.  Western Medicine also offers laser eye surgery, which may be expensive and always includes the risk of going wrong.

However, here at Centre of Balance we offer an easier, more natural method of helping you treat nearsightedness. Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbs, helps restore the balance between the different organs in your body, which may enable them to regain their proper functions. This may help you treat nearsightedness without the risks and costs that go alongside the Western Medicine approach.

If you’d like more information on how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help treat eye problems such as nearsightedness, please see our website at https://balancetcm.co.nz/eye-clinic/ .

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References:

Centre of Balance Hamilton: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. (n.d.). Eye Clinic: What you need to know about how acupuncture may help Eye Problems! https://balancetcm.co.nz/eye-clinic/

Roth, E. (2017, March 21). Nearsightedness (Myopia). Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/nearsightedness