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Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon

Nearsightedness

Symptoms of Nearsightedness
Most people that are nearsighted have difficulty reading highway signs and seeing other objects at a distance, but can see for up-close tasks such as reading or sewing.

It can be an inherited trait that often becomes evident in children at about eight to twelve years of age. Typically, the condition increases as the body grows during teenage years before it stabilizes in adulthood.


Normal Vision

Nearsightedness

Causes
Nearsightedness occurs when the eyeball is slightly longer than usual from front to back. This causes light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface.

Treatment Available
Nearsightedness can be corrected with the following:

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Commonly Asked Questions
What will help?

Some patients choose to use glasses or contacts to correct nearsightedness. Other patients choose refractive surgery.

What are the results of refractive surgery?
Refractive surgery can reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts.

Am I a good candidate for refractive surgery?
Your body and your eyes must be healthy, and your vision prescription must be stable. A complete examination and consultation with your eye care professional will help determine the answer to these questions. It's recommended that you leave your contact lenses off for two weeks (soft lenses) or three weeks (rigid lenses) prior to this consultation. Make an appointment here.

How soon after surgery will I see well?
Each patient is different. Most patients experience a dramatic improvement 8 to 10 hours after the treatment.