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Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Myopia (nearsightedness) is a common refractive error which occurs when the eye does not bend and focus light properly which results in images which are not clear.


Light rays are focused in front the retina instead of on it and this usually happens when the eye is longer than normal of the occurs when the eye is longer than normal or has a cornea that is too steep.


With myopia, objects in the distance are blurred but objects close by are clear.


Some of the signs and symptoms of myopia include:

  • eye strain

  • headaches

  • squinting to see properly

  • difficulty seeing objects far away, such as road signs or a blackboard at school.

These symptoms may become more obvious when children are between ages 8 and 12 years old.


People with high myopia may also have a higher risk of developing a detached retina, glaucoma and cataracts.

Ask your ophthalmologist to discuss the warning signs of retinal detachment with you.


Treatment Options:

  • Glasses

  • Contact Lenses

  • Refractive Surgery

Discuss with your eye doctor the best treatment option for you.


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