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What is Shortsightedness?

Shortsightedness (myopia) is characterized by an impaired ability to see far away objects due to the lengthened shape of the eyeball. This abnormality, which usually happens because of age, genetics or physical strain from the environment decreases the eye's ability to focus on objects.

What is it like to have Shortsightedness?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Modafinil, Rest, Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)
Duloxetine, Escitalopram, Individual Therapy
Diazepam, Alprazolam, Clonazepam
Trazodone, Zolpidem, Amitriptyline
Tramadol, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen

What do patients take to treat Shortsightedness and its symptoms?


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Who has Shortsightedness on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 253 patients have this condition
  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 77 say Shortsightedness is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 10
20s 65
30s 55
40s 49
50s 40
60s 20
70+ 3


Distribution of females vs. males

69% Females
31% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 107
20-29 years 12
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 152
Not Diagnosed 14

These charts show data from Shortsightedness patients who have completed their condition history
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