Myopia (Nearsightedness)

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Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a condition in which a person can see near objects more clearly than distant objects. Myopia is usually the result of a larger than normal eye. In the myopic eye, light rays from distant objects focus before they reach the retina. The result is blurred vision. A tendency for myopia may be inherited; frequent or prolonged near work may influence its progression. It is typically detected in school-age children, may worsen during adolescence, and generally stabilizes between the ages of 20 and 40 years of age.

Signs and Symptoms

Blurred vision, inability to see distant objects clearly


Eyeglasses or contact lenses; refractive surgery, including Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) and Intacs vision correction