What Is Myopia?
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that affects how well you see things far away. It begins in childhood and can progress into adulthood.
Myopia can occur if your eye elongates or if your cornea is too steep. When these issues happen, it can cause light entering your eye to focus in front of your retina instead of on it. The result is blurred vision when you look at things far away.
As you grow older, your symptoms can continue to increase. In high myopia cases, you may have a risk of retinal detachment, resulting in vision loss.
You may have a risk of developing myopia if you:
- Have a family history of myopia
- Come from Asian communities
- Spend a lot of time doing close-up work
- Don’t spend enough time outside
Some common myopia symptoms include:
- Eye strain
- Difficulty driving
- Poor night vision