Can myopia lead to blindness?
In extreme circumstances, myopia (nearsightedness) can lead to serious, vision-threatening complications, including blindness. However, this is rare and occurs primarily in cases where high myopia has reached an advanced stage called degenerative myopia (or pathological myopia).
When does myopia occur?
Myopia occurs when the eyeball grows too long during childhood. This causes light entering the eye to be focused short of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye instead of directly on the retina. The result is blurry distance vision, although close-up vision remains clear.
Can being nearsighted cause headaches?
Nearsightedness definitely can cause headaches. In fact, headaches are one of the most common symptoms of uncorrected nearsightedness.
Is nearsightedness common?
Nearsightedness is the most common refractive error among children and young adults worldwide.
What are treatment options for myopia?
Treatment options for myopia correction include:
- Contact Lenses
- LASIK and other vision correction surgery