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What is Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness is when objects in the distance appear blurry and out of focus. You might squint or frown when trying to see distant objects clearly. This usually a variation from normal, not a disease. Less often, nearsightedness happens because of another disease or condition. Nearsightedness usually begins between the ages of 6 to 12 and then can change rapidly again in the teenage years leveling out for most in the mid-twenties. For more information on please view the video below:



What Causes Nearsightedness?

Most nearsightedness is caused by a natural change in the shape of the eyeball. These problems cause light rays entering the eye to focus in front of the retina. Normally, light focuses directly on the retina.



What are the Symptoms?


The main symptom is blurred vision when looking at distant objects. You may have trouble clearly seeing images or words on a blackboard, movie screen, or television. This can lead to poor school, athletic, or work performance.



How is Nearsightedness treated?


Most people who suffer from this condition use eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. Surgery can also reduce or fix nearsightedness. There are several surgery options, such as LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), and artificial lens implants. For more information on treatment options, please view the video below: