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Can I decrease nearsightedness?

Can I decrease nearsightedness?

Not without surgery: There unfortunately is no way via diet, exercise, or exercises for the eye to reduce a refractive error. Laser vision correction though would reduce nearsightedness. To improve your vision at distance, i recommend a complete eye exam and then a discussion with your doctor of the options including glasses, contacts, or laser vision correction.

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I've heard there are certain habits that worsen the degree of myopia (nearsightedness). What are these habits and what I do do decrease the degree?

I've heard there are certain habits that worsen the degree of myopia (nearsightedness). What are these habits and what I do do decrease the degree?

There may be some: There have been some studies showing that children who use night lights, perform excessive near tasks, and spend few hours outside, have an increased chance of becoming myopic. That being said, it does not necessarily lead to nearsightedness.

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Do contacts lenses slow the progression of or even decrease nearsightedness?

Not really: Many practitioners will tell people in their twenties, when myopia naturally slows anyway, that if they fit them with their "special" (frequently expensive) lens, that the condition will not progress. Putting a piece of plastic on the eye surface will not change its evolution into whatever power it will end up at.

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My vision seems fuzzy lately. Can nearsightedness show up in your 30's?

My vision seems fuzzy lately.  Can nearsightedness show up in your 30's?

Yes,other causes too: Yes, myopia (near-sightedness) can show up in the 30's, although usually will appear earlier. There are many other possible causes for "fuzzy" vision, and you should be examined by an ophthalmologist to find the reason.

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What is nearsightedness?

What is nearsightedness?

Nearsighted: A person is nearsighted when light is focused in front of the retina, thus making far away images fuzzy. This can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Many people are born slightly farsighted and become more nearsighted as they get older.

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How common is nearsightedness?

Very: This is the condition of the eyes in which near vision is generally ok but far vision is blurry. Also termed myopia. It is very common to a greater or lesser degree up to about 40% of the population by age 25. It is usually easily corrected with eyeglass, contact lenses, or refractive surgery like lasik.

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How do you fix nearsightedness?

Glasses, contacts : Near sighted people see better up close without glasses, and need glasses for distance vision. Glasses, contact lenses and surgery can be used to help a near sighted person see better.

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What is myopia (nearsightedness)?

Trouble Seeing Far: Myopia occurs in many people and means you have problems seeing far away but usually don't have trouble reading or seeing things closer to you. Typically it can't be prevented and occurs when the eye becomes a bit more oval or longer in shape. Any changes in vision should be evaluated by a doctor to be sure that it's not something more severe or dangerous. For example, diabetes can affect vision.

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How can I tell if i'm nearsighted?

How can I tell if i'm nearsighted?

Easy: Things up close will be clearer than those far away when optical correction (glasses or contacts) is absent.

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Is there a way to cure nearsightedness?

Is there a way to cure nearsightedness?

Yes: Nearsightedness, myopia , can be treated with glasses, context lenses or lasik surgery . You need a n eye exam to determine the power needed to make you see better. Lasik involves measurement to determine if you are a good candidate for this.

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Which lens is good for nearsightedness?

Minus lens: An eye that is nearsighted is actually too strong and needs a minus lens to neutralize that strength to allow the light to focus on the back of the eye. This can be an eyeglass or a contact lens and lasik surgery can also correct this.

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What are the causes of nearsightedness?

Nearsghtedness: T?His by abnlarge has a familial component. In later years it can develop as a cataract type change.

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Why did i get nearsightedness at age 19?

Why did i get nearsightedness at age 19?

IT IS COMMON(MYOPIA): Nearsitedness (american english)and shortsitedness(british english) is common condition in young people where light that comes does not directly focus on the retina and makes distant objects out of focus.Medical term(myopia) there have been studies which found relationship between myopia and higher iq, and between myopia and school achievemen it is corrected with corrective lens glasses or contacts.

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How will nearsightedness affect my lifestyle?

How will nearsightedness affect my lifestyle?

Only little changes: A person who becomes moderately or very nearsighted will have to remember to have glasses or contact lenses with him wherever he goes. If he forgets them, he can't see well enough to drive. He needs them for sports, to see a ball clearly. He needs them for swimming, to see in the water. At night, he needs them even more. Overall, glasses or contact lenses are only a minor inconvenience.

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Could nearsightedness lead to longsightedness?

No : What happens as one approaches middle age is the focusing power of your eye declines. So that people, even nearsighted ones, can have difficulty focusing at objects up close. This is called presbyopia. It is often confused with developing farsightedness--but the 2 conditions are different.

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What are the best contacts lenses for nearsighted?

What are the best contacts lenses for nearsighted?

Depends: There are many different types of contact lenses. The best depends on your particular eyes and how you plan to wear them. Your eye doctor can give you the best recommendation.

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What can I do to improve my child's nearsightedness?

What can I do to improve my child's nearsightedness?

You can't: There is no reasonable way to slow the progression of myopia in children and adolescents. Atropine and other drops in this category may slow somewhat, but the side effects are generally intolerable.

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