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Short-sightedness (Myopia)

A person with short-sightedness can see close objects clearly, but may have trouble seeing objects from a distance – like a road sign, blackboard, or face across the room. It’s a common condition, affecting 1 in 4 adults worldwide.


What Causes Short-sightedness?

Short-sightedness or myopia happens when the eye has a long shape, which causes light rays to focus too far in front of the retina, making distance vision difficult.

Like Long-sightedness, myopia can be inherited. It is often discovered when children are 8 to 12 years old. During the teenage years, when the body is growing rapidly, it can get worse. Typically, between ages 20 and 40 there is little change.

Symptoms of Short-sightedness

An eye care professional can diagnose short-sightedness with a simple eye exam. The most common symptoms include:

  • Blurred distance vision

  • Frequent squinting of eyes

  • Eye strain or headaches from trying to focus


Photo courtesy of National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health.

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