Myopia is a visual change that causes images to be blurred when we look into the distance.

What is myopia?

Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a refractive error caused by focal point shifting that causes images to be blurred when looking at a distance.

What are the symptoms?

In addition to the difficulty in seeing from afar, warning signs include eye fatigue, headaches and squinting.

In most people, being short-sighted is a genetically inherited trait that becomes symptomatic in childhood or adolescence.

Seeing blurred in the distance may be the only reality your child knows and therefore does not identify it as a problem. Be aware if your child gets too close to books or television, complains of headaches, or gets irritated after a few minutes of study… This may indicate the need for visual correction.

This is an easily detected condition and can be diagnosed on a routine visual examination.

What treatments are there for myopia?

Myopia can easily be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses. If you are over 18, there is also surgical option available.

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