Nearsightedness on the Rise
Reports have shown that the instance of Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is on the rise across America. In patients surveyed from 1999 till 2004 it was found that 41.6% of Americans suffered from nearsightedness, up 66% from 1971-1972 when only 25% of Americans surveyed were found to suffer from Myopia according to the Archives of Ophthalmology.
Researchers aren’t sure what is causing the increase in nearsightedness but think that it has to deal with both genetics and environmental issues such as more time in front of computer and televisions.
In a normal eye light will enter through the cornea, it then comes to a focus on the retina which is in the back of the eye. With Myopia the eyeball is longer than normal or the cornea is steeper than normal. If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from nearsightedness there is hope. LASIK surgery can be used to treat cases of Myopia and can help in the elimination of the need for contact lenses or glasses.
If you or someone you know is in the Austin, Texas area and suffers from nearsightedness the Eyes Of Texas Laser Center is here to help. We’ve helped tens of thousands of patients in the Austin, Texas area just like you find out what life can be like without the hassle of corrective lenses.
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