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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with shortsightedness

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (2)
2 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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness mood swings 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation excessive dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (4) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
migraine headaches muscle and joint pain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation fainting 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drug interactions excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (2)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with shortsightedness, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has shortsightedness on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 69
30s 82
40s 78
50s 46
60s 39
70+ 7
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 150
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 95
Female 223

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 209
Not Diagnosed 14

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