Myopia: An Overview


Myopia is a common refractive error, also known as nearsightedness. Nearsighted people see things best when they are close up but have trouble seeing things that are farther away. Myopia occurs when light entering the eye comes into focus in front of the retina instead of precisely on the retina. This can be caused by a cornea that is too steeply curved, by an eye that is too long, or by a combination of both problems. People with mild to moderate myopia can see things close-up, but people with severe myopia may only be able to see objects clearly when they are just a few inches away.


La miopía es un error de refracción común. Las personas miopes ven las cosas cuando de cerca mejor, pero tienen problemas para ver cosas de lejos. La miopía ocurre cuando la luz que entra al ojo se enfoca delante de la retina en lugar de enfocarse precisamente en la retina. Esto puede ser causado por una córnea demasiado curvada, por un ojo demasiado largo o por una combinación de ambos problemas. Las personas con una miopía leve a moderada pueden ver las cosas de cerca, pero las personas con miopía severa solo pueden ver los objetos con claridad cuando están a solo unas pulgadas de distancia.

What's next?

Want to find out more? Seeking ways to correct your vision? Contact our refractive specialists at Magruder Laser Vision for the next available appointment. Or book online for the next appointment that fits your schedule.

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