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Myopia (Nearsightedness)

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Who Develops Myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, tends to increase during the teenage years and generally stabilizes in adulthood.

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Symptoms

Symptoms of myopia include blurry vision when looking at distant objects, squinting, and headaches due to eyestrain.

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Life with Myopia

Once properly corrected, myopia generally will not affect your lifestyle dramatically.

See how an eye that is longer than normal can affect your vision.
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What Is Myopia (Nearsightedness)?

Myopia is a common refractive error of the eye that makes it difficult to focus on far away objects. People who are nearsighted will see objects close to them clearly, while those further away appear blurry.

Myopia is Natural

An overall longer shape of the eye usually causes myopia, so it is a naturally occurring visual problem that cannot be prevented. Nearsightedness tends to run in families, but you don't need to have a myopic parent to develop it. Myopia begins at an early age and worsens in the teenage years, but generally stabilizes in adulthood.

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Myopia Treatment

Myopia is treated with glasses or contact lenses. Once the eye stops changing, adults can correct myopia with LASIK or other refractive surgeries.

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