Can Myopia Be Reversed?

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EyeQue Team

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May 15, 2019

A little girl with myopia

If you are “near-sighted,” you most likely have a condition called myopia. It is a refractive error, which means your eye is unable to bend light properly so you can clearly see faraway objects. By 2050, almost half (49.8%) of the world population will have myopia. 

What Are the Symptoms of Myopia?

  • “Eye strain,” or tired, burning eyes
  • Frequent headaches
  • Squinting and/or struggling to see faraway objects

How Do You Know If You Have It?

It can be detected with a standard vision test. An eye doctor checks to see if you are able to see objects clearly at various distances. You can also test your eyes at home with EyeQue’s VisionCheck. VisionCheck allows you to test your eyes using your smartphone from the comfort of your own home.

Who Is at Risk for It?

Myopia is an inherited eye disorder affecting about 25% of Americans. Myopia is usually diagnosed when a child is between 8 and 12 years old, but it can also be discovered during adulthood. The condition can worsen between the ages of 13 and 19 but typically doesn’t change between the ages of 20 and 40.

Is There a Cure for Myopia?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for myopia. But there are things you can do to treat it and slow its progression. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says the easiest way to treat this eye condition is by using eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision. EyeQue’s VisionCheck provides your personal EyeGlass Numbers so you can order eyeglasses online.*

If you don’t like using glasses or contact lenses, you can also try:

  • Refractive surgery, such as LASIK
  • Orthokeratology, a process which uses hard contact lenses to slowly flatten your cornea over time
  • Low-dose atropine, a treatment used to slow the progression of myopia in children

*EyeQue recommends visiting your eye doctor for a complete eye exam at least once a year. 

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