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Does reading from computer screens cause nearsightedness?

Does reading from computer screens cause nearsightedness?

No: Nearsightedness is programmed into the shape of the eyes. Some studies have loosely linked use of nightlights and excessive near work by young children with nearsightedness, but it is not conclusive. Feel free to use the computer as you normally do. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Holding Objects Closer To Read (Definition)

Nearsightedness is a symptom where a person has trouble seeing clearing faraway objects. ...Read more


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Nearsightedness is a recessive trait. Red-green color blindness is a sex-linked recessive trait, what does this mean?

Nearsightedness is a recessive trait. Red-green color blindness is a sex-linked recessive trait, what does this mean?

An Autosomal: Recessive disorder: Both parents are unaffected carriers of a mutant gene. Each of their children has a 25% chance of inheriting the mutant gene from both & having the disorder. X-linked recessive: Mom carries a defective gene on one of her X chromosomes. Each son has a 50% chance of inheriting the X chromosome with the mutant gene & having the disorder; each daughter, 50% of being a carrier. ...Read more

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Had a big increase in floaters 1 yr. Ago. Bothers me most reading/keyboarding. Nearsighted with bifocal contacts. Suggests to treat or live with it?

Had a big increase in floaters 1 yr. Ago. Bothers me most reading/keyboarding. Nearsighted with bifocal contacts. Suggests to treat or live with it?

Live with it: You should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist first. Surgery is available for floaters but if you can live with it that is probably your best option. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How safe is ortho k treatment for nearsighted eyes?

How safe is ortho k treatment for nearsighted eyes?

Mostly: Ortho k is a systemic of molding mildly myopic eyes to correct the vision by wearing a series of too flat hard lenses which push the center of the eye inwards. It is a tradeoff since to maintain any improvement, you have to wear a "keeper" lens at night. It was developed as a way to keep non-professionals like optometrists in the vision correction game. It reverses when you stop the lenses. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does the laser surgery to get rid off myopia permanent?

Does the laser surgery to get rid off myopia permanent?

No: When we do laser procedures to treat myopia your vision becomes great! But your natural lens inside your eye continues to age so nearly everyone who has laser vision correction eventually needs correction again. ...Read more

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I do not get car sick when reading from my tablet but does it weaken my eye vision or cause nearsightedness, should I be concerned?

I do not get car sick when reading from my tablet but does it weaken my eye vision or cause nearsightedness, should I be concerned?

Tablet use: Using your eyes does not weaken them. This is a common miss perception that may people have. It may cause eyestrain but even eyestrain will not permanent change or damage your eyes. ...Read more

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I read a lot so is there a way to prevent myopia from reading?

I read a lot so is there a way to prevent myopia from reading?

Myopic progression: If you are an adult, reading will not likely cause any significant change in your myopia. If you are a child, then myopic progression may occur as the eye grows and can be stimulated by excessive near work. Some slowing of myopic progression can be seen with dilute Atropine and bifocals. ...Read more

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I'm a teen and my nearsighted vision gets worse. Will it keep getting worse? How can I keep it from getting worse?

I'm a teen and my nearsighted vision gets worse. Will it keep getting worse? How can I keep it from getting worse?

Nearsighted vision: First and foremost is the need for a thorough eye exam. You are so young to be developing problems with near vision that most experience as they age (presbyopia). Do not use illicit drugs - even occasional use of weed can cause visual problems. Make sure enough sleep and avoid any eye irritants. Other than those things, not much you can do unless a specific eye disease is identified. ...Read more

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Does nearsightedness get worse with age or does it level off at some point? At what age does it typically become stable?

Does nearsightedness get worse with age or does it level off at some point? At what age does it typically become stable?

Myopia: Most people with myopia typically stabilize in their twenties. Some however can progress even into their late thirties. A very infrequent form of myopia is progressive or degenerative myopia which is problematic. As the eye ages, the lens of the eye hardens which can affect your eye prescription. With cataract formation a condition of worsening myopia may happen. ...Read more

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Is myopia or hypermetropia genetic?

Is myopia or hypermetropia genetic?

Yes: Although we do not know which genes are involved, they are definitely genetic. They are likely mulifactorial, meaning that more than one gene is involved. ...Read more

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I am strongly considering getting icl surgery to correct my nearsightedness. What are the greatest risks I should be aware of?

I am strongly considering getting icl surgery to correct my nearsightedness. What are the greatest risks I should be aware of?

Infection: The major risks include infection, cataract formation and closed angle glaucoma. These risks can be minimized with proper pre- and post-operative care. See a refractive specialist for a more thorough discussion of the risks. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more