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A condition where items that are farther away appear blurry.

Myopia is fairly common in children. The problem is usually detected between the ages of 8 and 12 and nearly always before the age of 20. Often the severity of problem increases as the body grows rapidly, eventually leveling off in adulthood.

Difficulty seeing distant objects is the main symptom of myopia. A teacher is often the first to notice that a child is squinting to see the blackboard or is having trouble seeing faraway objects.

Myopia is most often treated with corrective lenses. For myopia, concave lenses are used, bending light rays more effectively and focusing the light exactly onto the retina.

Depending on the severity of myopia, you may need to wear glasses all the time. Or, they may be needed only during activities that require distance vision.

You may also consider contact lenses to treat myopia. To learn more about this option talk to your doctor.

If you’re nearsighted or think myopia may be a problem for you, schedule an eye exam with Nationwide Vision online, or call 1-800-EYECARE today.