The most common refractive error—it affects nearly one in four people—myopia occurs when light focuses in front of the retina rather than directly on it. The shortfall impairs one’s ability to see distant objects but does not affect her ability to see near objects. The light may not focus for several reasons, the most common of which are that the eye is too long or that the cornea is too steep.
LASIK is typically used to treat mild to moderate cases of myopia, which are most commonly caused by too-steep corneas. If one’s cornea is too steep, it can be flattened with LASIK. However, if one’s eye is too long—which is usually the cause of high myopia—LASIK is not a viable option.
To find out if your myopia can be treated with LASIK, please contact us today.