How well can you see?
Are you having a hard time reading your computer screen? Do street signs and addresses look blurry?
If you can see things clearly when they are close to you, but the sharpness of the images fade when the item moves away from your face, you are dealing with short-sightedness, also known as myopia. It is a common condition that often develops during childhood and worsens through middle age.
“Myopia just might be one of the most common conditions in the world today.”
Myopia, or “short-sightedness,” as most of us refer to it, is a common eye condition that results in seeing objects up close clearly but objects further away blurry.
This condition is fairly common and many people who have it do not detect it immediately, as all objects in view are not always blurry.
You might be able to read a book without any problems, but the TV across the room appears blurry to you? It may lack visual clarity.
In order to see images clearly, the light that enters your eye must coalesce into one sharp point at the back of your eye. The retina on the back of the eye can translate that sharp point of light into an electrical signal, and it's that signal that moves through the optic nerve to the brain.
Short-sightedness is when light entering the eye is focused incorrectly. This makes distant objects appear blurred. Short-sightedness is a type of refractive error of the eye.
Short-sightedness affects males and females equally. People who have a family history of short-sightedness are more likely to develop it. Most eyes with short-sightedness are healthy. However, but a small number of people with severe short-sightedness develop a form of retinal degeneration.
“Many people confuse short-sightedness with long sightedness. Short-sightedness does not affect your close-up vision, but it does affect your ability to see objects further away properly.”