Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common eye condition in which objects are visible up-close, but not at a distance. Over 40% of Americans are nearsighted, which is up from 25% in 1971. By the year 2050, it’s estimated that approximately half of the world’s population will be nearsighted.

What is Myopia?

Myopia is a refractive error that develops when light that enters the eye does not bend (refract) properly. This causes light to focus incorrectly on the retina, which results in blurry distance vision. Other examples of refractive errors include hyperopia, or farsightedness, and astigmatism.

What Causes Myopia?

Nearsightedness occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back. This is most often caused by genetic factors — you have a higher risk of developing myopia if your parents are nearsighted. Myopia can also be the result of a curved cornea, a lens that is too thick, or a combination of these factors.

Signs and Symptoms of Myopia

People who are nearsighted experience difficulty reading words from a distance. Seeing road signs, billboards, and classroom lectures are a few examples of situations that can be challenging for nearsighted people. By contrast, nearsighted people can see well for close-up tasks such as reading, computer use, or using a cell phone.

The following signs are also indicators that you may be nearsighted:

  • Squinting when viewing objects at a distance
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

If you experience these signs or symptoms, it’s important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor. Nearsightedness that is not corrected can be dangerous — you can put your safety at risk, especially while driving, playing sports, or operating heavy machinery.

Myopia Treatment Long Island

There are several effective treatment options for myopia:

Glasses or Contacts

Corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses are the most common way to treat myopia.
Both options help refocus light onto the retina, providing you with crisp, clear distance vision.

Eyeglasses are available with high-index lenses, which offer a thinner, lighter eyewear option, while additional features such as anti-reflective coating or photochromic lenses offer protection against glare and UV light. Contact lenses are similar, with options for daily wear, extended wear, and more.


LASIK eye surgery is a safe, effective refractive procedure to correct myopia. During the surgery, a highly precise laser is used to create a micro-thin flap on the surface of the cornea. The laser then sculpts the underlying corneal tissue to correct the refractive error, which results in clear vision. The latest research shows that over 96% of patients are satisfied after LASIK.


In contrast to LASIK, PRK does not require the creation of a corneal flap. Instead, the laser removes the thin outer layer of corneal tissue and reshapes the cornea underneath. This allows light to focus accurately on the retina. Since the eye heals at a rapid pace on its own, the outer layer of the eye repairs itself within a few days of surgery.

Schedule an Appointment

At Stahl Eyecare Experts, our full-service optical shop provides custom eyewear and contact lenses to suit your unique lifestyle. Our expert team of eye surgeons also offer premium PRK or LASIK in Long Island and Manhattan. Contact us to discuss your myopia treatment options today!

450 Endo Boulevard Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 516.832.8000
For a LASIK consultation, please call (516) 832-8000 ext. 4
185 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor (On the corner of 34th Street) New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212.689.7676
For a LASIK consultation, please call (516) 832-8000 ext. 4
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Phone: 631.952.8000
For a LASIK consultation, please call (516) 832-8000 ext. 4
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If you are seeking a Long Island LASIK specialist, the eye doctors at Stahl Eyecare Experts would like to offer you a great opportunity in laser eye surgery. Brought to you by professional, experienced Long Island LASIK surgeons, our one-of-a-kind medical facility brings not only cutting-edge technology, but experienced hands in ophthalmology as well. Helping you achieve your personal best vision is mission critical at our Long Island LASIK office. If LASIK cost is something that has been holding you back please feel free to review our options regarding LASIK Financing. We are dedicated to providing the best in patient education so that our patients can make a well-educated decision as to whether or not LASIK would be a good vision correction option. Remember, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. This is precisely why you need to have an experienced LASIK surgeon in Long Island evaluate you to make sure that this is the right eye surgery procedure for you! If LASIK is not the best procedure for you, we offer other ophthalmology procedures such as cataract surgery to help you see better. If you are seeking a Long Island cataract surgeon we are happy to offer cataract consultations to educate you about this process and determine your vision correction options.

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