The goal of treatment is for the person to see far away objects clearly. Choices are:
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses that correct vision
- Corneal refractive therapy using hard contact lenses to flatten the cornea and correct vision. Nearsightedness returns when the contacts stop being used.
Some people may choose to have surgery. Choices are:
- Laser procedures that changes the shape of the cornea to allow the eye to focus
- Surgery to implant a corrective lens with or without removing the eye's natural lens
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