Myopia (Nearsightedness): How Does It Impact Your Vision?

If you have myopia, you may be able to easily read on your phone or tablet up close but be unable to clearly see the time on a digital clock in the distance.

Do you have trouble seeing things clearly in the distance, like your tv or street signs? If so, you may have myopia (otherwise known as nearsightedness).

Simply put, myopia is a common visual condition that causes objects you’re looking at in the distance to appear blurry while objects up close remain clear.

For example, if you have myopia, you may be able to easily read on your phone or tablet up close but be unable to clearly see the time on a clock in the distance.

Here's what myopia (nearsightedness) looks like

If one or both of your parents have myopia (nearsightedness), guess what, you have an increased chance of having myopia too!

But not to worry, as a condition that affects your vision, myopia is easily correctable with glasses, contact lenses or in many cases, laser eye surgery.

Curious if you have myopia? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!

Interested in learning more about conditions that affect your vision? Check out our articles on hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism!

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family, and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.

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