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Short-sightedness (myopia)

Myopia is often called short-sightedness or near-sightedness. This is because people with myopia can see clearly close up, but things at a distance appear blurry.

Myopia usually starts in childhood. Because distance vision can become gradually blurred, children might not realise they don't see as clearly as other people. Some people develop myopia in middle age, even if they haven't had problems with their vision during their childhood.

Written by Canterbury optometrists. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Ophthalmology, Canterbury DHB. Page created April 2015.

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