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Myopia / nearsighted


Who experiences nearsightedness:


  • 1 in 4 adults worldwide (A common condition)
  • Can be inherited
  • Often discovered when children are 8 to 12 years old
  • Can get worse during the teenage years, when the body is growing rapidly
  • Usually there is little change between the ages of 20 and 40


Symptoms of nearsightedness:


  • Blurred distance vision, but close objects are in focus
  • Frequent squinting of eyes
  • Eye strain or headaches from trying to focus


Causes of nearsightedness:


  • Light rays focus too far in front of the retina as the eye has a long shape
  • Light rays form a focus point in front of the retina instead of directly on it. 


What to do:


  • Nearsightedness can be diagnosed by an eye care professional with a simple eye exam
  • Contact lenses and spectacles correct nearsightedness by diverging light rays, which reduces the eye's focusing power. This moves the eye's focus point backward, onto the retina where it belongs
  • Easily corrected by refocusing the light rays onto the retina of the eye:
    • Spectacles
    • Contact lenses
    • Surgery - can be expensive, and pose a greater risk than a contact lens option, the procedure involves either laser technology or manual incisions to remove small amounts of tissue from the cornea


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Brand Manager
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Marketing Manager
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National Sales Manager Surgical
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Responsible Pharmacist
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