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

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 was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for and is a co-founder of Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. 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.