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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
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?
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?
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
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
No: Nearsighted eyesight does not trigger allergies and vice a versa. ...Read more
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
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
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
I am strongly considering getting icl surgery to correct my nearsightedness. What are the greatest risks I should be aware of?
My 8 year old needs glasses and there is no family history of vision problems. What are possible factors that made her nearsighted?
Is fairly common - look it up. But....
Yuo should ask your eye doctor. ...Read more
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
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