Shortsightedness

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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.

Common symptoms reported by people with Shortsightedness

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Shortsightedness

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (5) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Insomnia (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (5) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)

Data from patients with Shortsightedness, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Shortsightedness

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Anger Nightmares
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (5) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Excessive dry mouth 1 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Fatigue 1 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Insomnia (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Drugged feeling Grogginess 1 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Fatigue 3 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Acne breakout Brain fog 5 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Insomnia (5) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Brain fog 1 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)

Data from patients with Shortsightedness, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Shortsightedness on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 70
30s 64
40s 60
50s 42
60s 25
70+ 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 121
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 173
Not Diagnosed 14

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