Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common vision condition in which you can see objects near to you more clearly, than objects far away. Around 33% of the population is nearsighted.
The degree of your nearsightedness determines your ability to focus on distant objects. People with severe nearsightedness can see clearly only objects just a few inches away, while those with mild nearsightedness may clearly see objects several yards away.
Nearsightedness may develop gradually or rapidly, often worsening during childhood and adolescence. Nearsightedness tends to run in families.
People with nearsightedness are more likely to have retinal issues such as retinal detachment. Nearsightedness also contributes to atypical optic nerve appearance and visual field loss in some patients. A careful examination is required to determine if glaucoma or myopia is the cause to the abnormal optic nerve findings. Individuals that are nearsighted are also more likely to have Pigmentary Glaucoma.
A comprehensive eye exam can confirm nearsightedness. You can treat the condition with a refraction and glasses or contacts. Patients having cataract surgery will also have their nearsightedness corrected with an intraocular lens implant.Go Back
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