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Nearsightedness: Related Inherited Diseases - Topic Overview

Most inherited eye diseases that can cause or be associated with nearsightedness are rare. Common inherited diseases include:

  • Nyctalopia (night blindness).
  • Achromatopsia (disease of the cones or rods in the retina).
  • Nystagmus (rhythmic jerking movements of the eyes).
  • Keratoconus (progressive thinning of the central cornea, which gives the cornea a cone-shaped appearance).
  • Retinitis pigmentosa (degeneration of the retina that affects night vision and side [peripheral] vision).
  • Infantile glaucoma.

Other genetic diseases associated with nearsightedness include:

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Last Updated: June 24, 2011
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