Myopia - Nearsightedness

If you can see things clearly up close but not in the distance, you are probably nearsighted.

The medical term for this is Myopia and your eyes would be classified as Myopic. Nearsighted eyes have a focus point up close and the vision is blurred in the distance because light entering the eye focuses in front of the retina. Distant objects are seen more clearly only with the help of glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery such as LASIK, another laser vision correction treatment, or lens implants. People who are nearsighted may also have blurred vision due to Astigmatism.

If you are over 40 and have trouble reading, you may have Presbyopia.

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Refractive surgery procedures for myopia nearsighted myopic eye conditions include laser vision eye surgery and lens implants.

Mild to Moderate Case of Nearsighted (Myopic) Eyes

Mild to moderate amounts of nearsightedness (Myopia) where your prescription ranges from -1.00 Diopters (thin glasses) on the low end and -10.00 Diopters (thick glasses) or more on the high end can usually be corrected with laser eye surgery (LASIK, PRK, LASEK, EpiLasik). A Diopter is the unit of measurement of your prescription (The term Diopter is commonly referred to with a “d”, so as an example, a prescription would read “-1.00 D” or “-1.00 d”). This is accomplished by reshaping the outer lens of your eye, your cornea, to refocus the light rays on your retina.

Severe Case of Nearsighted (Myopic) Eyes

If your prescription is between -8.00 Diopters and -20.00 Diopters your eyes may be best corrected with the insertion of implants inside the eye. (The term Diopter is commonly referred to with a “d”,so as an example, a prescription would read “-8.00 D” or “-8.00 d”). These implants are called Phakic Implants. The two Phakic Implants approved by the FDA in the United States are the STAAR Visian implant and the AMO Verisyse implant. Phakic Implants are placed inside the eye behind your cornea and in front of your natural lens (the internal lens of your eye that helps focus your vision from far to near). Phakic Implants can be combined with another laser vision correction procedure to correct any residual nearsightedness (Myopia) myopia or astigmatism not corrected by the implant.

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