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What is Myopia? | Long Island Eye Doctor

Joel Kestenbaum, OD

Standard Definition:

A visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness. Also called short sightedness.

My Definition:

A perceptual defect in which an individual thinks he or she is seeing well and refuses to admit to themselves that they need glasses.  These people are either nearsighted, farsighted and or have and astigmatism.  But in every case, they are short sighted.

When William Shakespeare’s character said “To be or not to be,” he really meant “To see or not to see.” That was the question.   And apparently many of today’s adult population who were rebellious back when they read Shakespeare as a child are still rebellious today.

It amazes me how when I demonstrate to a seemingly intelligent person that they are not seeing as well as they could possibly see, that the choice is often made not to see.

I, for one, when given the chance to see at my best always choose to do so.  In this way, I can always be at my best.

Try not to be myopic.

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

Note- although this picture shows that myopia is due to a LONGER eye, myopia is often the result of an eye that is TOO powerful. This additional power is generated by the cornea, the principle refracting surface of the eye. In both situations, this causes light to be focused in front of the retina, causing a blur circle on the retina and hence blurry vision.


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