The most common refractive error of the eye, short-sightedness or myopia occurs when light entering the eye focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it.
Corrected either by glasses, contact lenses or LASIK, near-sighted people typically have difficulty reading road signs and seeing distant objects clearly, but see well for close-up tasks such as reading and computer use. Eye fatigue from computer use and other extended near-vision tasks, coupled with a genetic predisposition for myopia, may increase this risk.
Most people undergoing laser refractive surgery or LASIK do so to eliminate or substantially reduce their short-sightedness.
Signs and symptoms of uncorrected myopia include:
- Feeling fatigued when driving or playing sports
- Eye strain