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MYOPIA (NEARSIGHTEDNESS)

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When one can see things clearly up-close, but blurry in the distance, it is known as myopia. Being myopic, or nearsighted, is very common. It is not an illness, disease, or syndrome; one can have extremely healthy eyes and be nearsighted.

When light comes into the eye, it bends to focus, coming to a clear distinct point, and then spreading again. If the point of focus lands on the retina, the image is clear. In myopia, the eye’s length is longer than its focusing power, so the image focuses too early, and is blurred again when it reaches the retina.

Treating Myopia

To help you see more clearly, myopia can be treated with glasses, contact lenses, and refractive laser surgery.

Glasses help to treat myopia using concave lenses that extend the point of focus such that it reaches the retina.

Similarly, contact lenses (soft or rigid) extend the point of focus to the retina. Soft lenses are available in daily disposable, biweekly, and monthly replacement options. Orthokeratology lenses are custom rigid gas permeable lenses worn while sleeping to temporarily reshape the cornea to allow for clearer vision through the day.

Refractive laser surgery, such as LASIK and PRK are elective surgical options to permanently reduce or eliminate myopia. In laser surgery, the cornea is reshaped using lasers to change how light is bent (refracted) in the eye.

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