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
10
Tried for
Pain (8) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Type
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Pain (1)
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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)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
1 more

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 (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Anger Drowsiness 3 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (8) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Constipation 4 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (7)
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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 (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Acne breakout Drunk feeling 6 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Sleepiness
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Anxious mood 15 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Daytime tiredness 1 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Fatigue 2 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
1 more

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 5
20s 75
30s 69
40s 68
50s 47
60s 29
70+ 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 142
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 199
Not Diagnosed 14

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