Myopia and Nearsightedness

Myopia and Nearsightedness

Clinical Services

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

What is Myopia (Nearsightedness)?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common refractive error that makes it difficult for a person to see distant objects clearly. Patients can see near objects clearly. It is often diagnosed in childhood and is caused when the shape of the eye causes light to bend incorrectly.

Causes of Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Myopia is caused by a steeply curved cornea or elongated eye. It may develop gradually or rapidly, and often becomes worse during childhood and adolescence. Nearsightedness tends to run in families.

Symptoms of Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Headaches, squinting, and pain in the eye are all symptoms of nearsightedness. Patients will experience blurry vision when looking at distant objects and difficulty driving, especially at night. Since this condition is typically diagnosed during childhood, watch for children who rub their eyes frequently, blink excessively, want to sit close to screens, and seem unaware of distant objects. 

Diagnosis of Myopia (Nearsightedness)

If your vision is causing you trouble or discomfort, schedule an eye exam. A comprehensive dilated eye exam will be conducted, including a vision acuity test, a refraction test, and a slit-lamp exam.

Treatment for Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Prescription contact lenses and corrective surgery are the most common treatments for patients with Myopia. Surgery options may include LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy, or a surgery that implants a corrective lens. Your ophthalmologist will discuss the best option for you.

What you can expect at the Cizik Eye Clinic

The Cizik Eye Clinic opened in 2007 and is housed in Memorial Hermann Plaza at 6400 Fannin Street. It includes dozens of exam areas, multiple operating rooms, and laser suites equipped with the most sophisticated equipment available for patient care.

People travel from across the country and the world for treatment at the Cizik Eye Clinic, in part because our affiliation with the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth provides unmatched resources and expertise. Our friendly staff works diligently to make your visit pleasant and efficient, as we maximize patient flow through everything from routine eye exams to the most advanced eye surgeries.

Our physicians are faculty members at McGovern Medical School and are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology or are board eligible. At the Cizik Eye Clinic, we understand that the eye is a small part of a whole patient who deserves top-notch, comprehensive care in a cutting-edge facility.

Contact Us

At Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, we offer patients access to highly specialized eye and vision care. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-9400, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.