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A 21-year-old member asked:

what are the complications of myopia?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe if high myopia: Persons who are very nearsighted (high myopia) sometimes have problems with the retina. So, high myopia persons should see their ophthalmologists at least once a year, or more often if recommended by the doctors. Non-medical complications of myopia include getting into accidents, getting hit by balls, getting lost because one can't read signs well, not recognizing people from a distance, etc...
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Refractive error: Glasses or contact lenses or refractive surgery can help this. Myopia is a risk factor for retinal tears or detachments. If you ever have new/worse floaters or flashing lights in your vision, you must get a dilated eye exam asap.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Myopia is what?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Nearsightedness: In this error of refraction, the eye behaves as if it is too long and the natural focal point is in front of the retina (the film that you see with at the back of the eye). The eyeglass to correct this is a minus lens which disperses the light and pushes that focal point back onto the retina. Most myopia gradually increases through the teens years and stops in the 20's.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Are colored contacts ok for a person with myopia?

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Yes: Yes.
A 39-year-old member asked:

When does myopia stop?

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Dr. Eric Rothchild
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Myopia Stablization: Myopia typically plateaus in one's early 20's. It is a very individual process. Some peple's myopia may take until their 30'a to stabilize.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What power lens would be required to correct the myopia of someone who can only see the topmost row of a snellen chart?

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Dr. Theodore Leng
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Probably about -4: Its likely that the prescription will be somewhere between -4 to -6. The only way to know for sure is to get your eyes refracted.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
I am guessing you would like to order eyeglasses on line and use the Snellen acuity as a basis for determining the eyeglass power you would need. There is not a linear relationship between lens power and Snellen acuity and modifications must be made for astigmatism, hyperopia and presbyopia. You need to get a refraction from an ophthalmologist and then you can order from that data.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

What are complication in using lasik ?And what other option for myopia treatment?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Option use glasses: Lasik surgery is relatively safe and effective surgery , if you are undergoing such surgery you have to take time , find pros and cons of such procedure and go to the best centers not to the mills, ask the surgeon for possible complications not simple flares , refractive errors , but requiting corneal transplantation, flap problems , infection etc these are rare but can happen.

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