Myopia (Nearsightedness) Treatment in Shreveport, LA

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common refractive vision issues experienced across the globe. People with myopia can see things close to them clearly, but find it difficult to see things that are farther away.

Myopia is one of a few vision conditions that can cause your eyesight to be blurry at variable distances. The others are hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia.

What Causes Myopia?

In a healthy eye, light is focused by both the cornea — the frontmost layer of the eye — and the lens, a clear tissue behind the pupil. The cornea and the lens work together to precisely focus light onto the retina, the structure in the back of the eye that sends images to the brain.

Sometimes, the cornea or lens doesn’t work properly and focuses light on the wrong spot. Conditions that cause this to occur are called refractive vision issues, or “refractive errors.” Myopia, in particular, is caused by light being focused in front of the retina, rather than onto it. This is the result of the cornea or the eyeball being too long.

Nearsightedness in A Nutshell:

  • Distance vision is blurry
  • Nearby vision is clear
  • The cornea or eye is too long

Myopia (Nearsightedness) Treatment at Lusk Eye Specialists

While glasses and contacts can reduce the effects of myopia, we’ve found that most patients are happier to be freed from the cost of, and lifelong dependence on, eyewear. Our surgical team, led by James E. Lusk, M.D., Bryan E. Lusk, M.D., and Jeffrey D. Lusk, M.D., has spent decades adopting the latest technology and providing improved eyesight to thousands of patients struggling with myopia. They’ve earned their place as one of the most experienced and qualified teams in the Ark-La-Tex.

Our surgical treatments for myopia include:

  • LASIK: A laser eye surgery which gently reshapes the cornea to focus light properly
  • PRK: An alternative to LASIK that may be a better fit for some patients
  • RLE/CLE: A procedure where the eye’s natural lens is replaced with a vision-improving “intraocular lens” (IOL)
  • Visian ICL: An implantable contact lens, specially designed for moderate to severe myopia
  • Eyewear: We’re happy to provide glasses and contacts to those who prefer this option

We’re ready to answer your questions and work with you to determine which myopia solution is best for your vision, unique eyes, and lifestyle. Call Lusk Eye Specialists today at (318) 284-5550 or schedule an appointment to get started on your life with improved eyesight!