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Nearsightedness

What is Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness is a condition where a person can see close objects very well, but have difficulty seeing objects that are far away. Objects that are far away will appear blurry to people who have nearsighted vision. Nearsightedness is common.

Nearsightedness is also called myopia.

What Causes Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness occurs when light rays entering the eye focus in front of the retina, instead of directly on it. The eyeball of a nearsighted person is slightly longer than the eyeball of a person with normal vision.

Nearsightedness usually runs in families and often appears in childhood.

Symptoms of Nearsightedness

There are many symptoms. The most common symptoms are:

  • inability to see objects that are close to you
  • headaches
  • eyestrain
  • squinting
  • feelings of fatigue when driving or playing sports

Treatments for Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. The glasses or contact lenses will change the way light rays bend into the eyes.

Refractive surgery, such as LASIK or CK, is also a treatment option. Surgery may reduce or eliminate your need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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