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Nearsightedness (Myopia)

Blurry Distant Vision

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common type of refractive error where near objects appear clear, but distant objects appear blurry. Nearsightedness occurs when your eye is too long in relation to the curvature of your cornea. This causes light rays entering your eye to focus in front of the retina, producing a blurred image.

Common Questions About Nearsightedness (Myopia)

What causes nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness is a hereditary eye condition, but some researchers also believe that eye fatigue from performing extended close vision tasks like reading can play a factor. During the early development of the eye, It is important to spend time in the outdoors looking at far objects to minimize the likelihood of a progressive increase in myopia.

Do I need to wait for my prescription to slow down before I am a candidate for treatment?

Yes, your prescription should stabilize before having LASIK or any laser vision correction procedure. You need to have less than or equal to a ½ diopter of increase in myopia during the past year to be considered stable for Laser Vision Correction Surgery. 75% of eyes are stable by the age of 15. 91% by the age of 18, 95% by the age of 21 and 98% by the age of 25.

I have myopia and I am in my early 40s. If I get laser vision correction, will I still need my glasses for reading eventually anyway?

LASIK, PRK, EVO ICL and SMILE are procedures that can be performed using blended vision or monovision to minimize or eliminate the need for reading glasses. Refractive Lens Exchange or Dysfunctional Lens Exchange is a procedure that can also be used to permanently eliminate the need for glasses and contacts for near and far vision.

When does nearsightedness start?

Nearsightedness typically appears between the ages of 5 and 12, and almost always before the age of 20. Nearsightedness tends to stabilize in most adults by the age of 18. Because nearsightedness often appears in childhood, it’s frequently diagnosed during school screenings or when parents notice their children sitting too close to the television.

I have a high eyeglass prescription. Am I a candidate for laser vision correction?

Yes, laser corrective surgery can treat severe prescriptions safely and effectively. The EVO ICL and Refractive Lens Exchange can be used to treat even higher or extreme and complex prescriptions.

Treatment For Nearsightedness (Myopia)

For your eyes only.

Your NVISION surgeon is best suited to recommend the treatment for your individual needs.

Why Choose NVISION for Eye Care Needs?

Our Experience

Our board-certified surgeons are the most experienced, educated and caring professionals in the eye care industry. Our surgeons have performed over 2,500,000 procedures. More eye doctors have had their surgery performed by an NVISION surgeon than any other provider of eye care.

Patient Care

Every NVISION patient is different, and therefore, we strive to personalize their treatment based on their unique needs. We treat every patient with care, compassion, empathy and professionalism with a promise to deliver the best-in-class patient care.


We utilize only the most advanced laser and diagnostic equipment available to ensure we can deliver the best outcomes for our patients.

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