Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Myopia, also called nearsightedness, is a vision condition that allows people to see clearly at near, but objects farther away appear blurred. People with myopia may have a difficult time seeing the board at school, watching tv, or seeing to drive.

Myopia occurs if the eyeball is too long or the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye) is too curved. As a result, the light entering the eye isn’t focused correctly, causing distant objects to become blurred.

Myopia affects nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population and can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or corrective surgery.

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