Nearsightedness or myopia, occurs when light entering the eye focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it. This is caused by a cornea that is steeper, or an eye that is longer, than a normal eye. Nearsighted people typically see well up close, but have difficulty seeing far away.
This problem is often discovered in school-age children who report having trouble seeing the chalkboard. Near-sightedness usually becomes progressively worse through adolescence and stabilizes in early adulthood. It is an inherited problem.
The treatment for nearsightedness depends on several factors such as
the patient's age, activities, and occupation. Vision can corrected with glasses, contacts, or surgery. Refractive procedures such as
LASIK can be
considered for adults when the prescription has remained stable for
at least one year.
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