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Nearsightedness Can Be Prevented!

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Improving myopia in adults

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Introduction: Nearsightedness (myopia) was once thought to be genetic -- inherited from your parents -- but it's now clear that idea was only partially correct. Countless modern studies indicate with little doubt that nearsightedness is the result of doing more near-work than our eyes were made for, and people are susceptible in degrees that vary with their heredity. That is to say, some people are more prone to nearsightedness than others, but the cause (except in cases of disease) is the strain of excess near-work. Consequently, there's every reason to believe that nearsightedness can be prevented by good vision habits.  Using the means described here, people (young or old) who are not nearsighted can avoid it, people who are slightly nearsighted (20/60) can recover from it, and people who are quite nearsighted can improve and, more importantly, prevent themselves from getting worse.

Mission Statement:  The goal of this site is to tell the public (that's YOU!):  1) what habits cause nearsightedness and 2) what to do about it. Although childhood prevention is best, even adults can improve their vision somewhat using the information presented here.

Disclaimer: We (me and my pals) are vision amateurs, not doctors.  Please don't just take my word on this stuff -- that's why I've included the "Other Resources" section.  There you'll find some very respectable authorities whose articles & opinions match the advice given here.  You can read them for yourself, a mere hot-link click away... click


Contents:

  • Site History -- how this site got started - click
  • Nearsightedness -- Who's Affected? - click
  • Preventing Nearsightedness -- complete instructions - click
  • Plus Lenses -- They Can Help Adults Too - click
  • Improving myopia with plus lenses: more details on my own experience - click

  • Papers on Nearsightedness, and Literature From the International. Myopia Prevention Assn. click
  • Talking to Your Doctor click
  • Need a (free) eye chart?  We've got 'em online - click
  • References and Other Resources On the Web - click

    NEW ADDITIONS / FEATURES

  • Feb. 13, 2004  click, Annotated extracts from my own journal detailing my personal vision improvement. Possibly the best possible telling of my experience.
  • Jan. 13, 2002  Chinese translations !!, courtesy of Dr. Steve Leung, Optometrist, practicing in Hong Kong.
  • Mar. 16, 2001  I've added some more detail on how I reduced my own myopia using plus lenses for near work. No, it's not a miracle, but yes, improvements are possible.
  • Feb. 14, 2001  Downloadable charts are now available in .TIF format, hopefully making them easier to print.
  • Mar. 28, 2000  Expanded explanations in the how-to section, plus links for easier navigating.
  • Thanks to Mr. Ivan Grbin, parts of the Myopia Prevention Home Page are now available in Croatian!  click


Comments? Questions? Send e-mail to: myopiaprev@aol.com   (Details such as your current prescription or far point measurements are always helpful in answering questions; age factors in for teens, pre-teens, and 40+-somethings.)

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This site was last updated on: Feb. 13, 2004