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What Causes Nearsightedness?

NearsightednessIf an eye doctor has diagnosed you with myopia, or nearsightedness, this means you have a refractive error that causes distant objects to appear blurry. Nearsighted people can usually see close objects clearly but they may need to wear corrective lenses to see well at a distance.

Nearsightedness can occur for one of two reasons:

  • The eyeball is too long
  • The cornea is too steep

When either of these conditions are present, light entering the eyes will focus in front of the retina (the back of the eye), instead of directly on the retina, causing blurred distance vision. Myopia can usually be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

According to the American Optometric Association, nearsightedness affects almost 30% of the U.S population. This vision condition usually develops in children and may progress into a person’s early 20s.

Today options exist to improve your vision through advanced LASIK technology

At Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, achieving clear distance vision can be a reality. Nearsightedness may be corrected for many patients through laser vision correction or LASIK/PRK.

Dr. Rapoza performs blade-free LASIK in Boston to alter the shape of your cornea by removing a microscopic amount of tissue so light can focus correctly on the retina. This procedure has been highly effective in helping nearsighted people achieve 20/20 vision.

If you are nearsighted and are curious to know iif LASIK might work for your eyes, contact Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston today at 617-314-2789 to schedule a free, no-obligation LASIK Consultation. 

With offices in Boston, Waltham and Danvers.  

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