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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.
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