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Short-sightedness (myopia)


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Signs of short-sightedness include sitting close to a TV or computer and rubbing your eyes a lot.

An eye test can be used to check if you're short-sighted. This often involves reading letters on a chart with different lenses in front of your eyes.

Short-sightedness is usually treated with glasses or contact lenses. They help your eyes focus correctly, so you can see distant objects more clearly.

You can help stop short-sightedness getting worse, especially in children, by getting them to spend more time outdoors.

Untreated or severe short-sightedness can cause other conditions, such as a squint or lazy eye.

Short-sightedness (myopia) is a common condition where you cannot see objects far away clearly.

Page last reviewed: 10/05/2022
Next review due: 10/05/2025