Nearsightedness, also known as short-sightedness and myopia, is a condition of the eye where light focuses in front of, instead of on, the retina. This causes distant objects to be blurry while close objects appear normal.
What does nearsighted people's world look like?
With the increasing use of electronic devices like smartphones and laptops, rates of nearsightedness are rising quickly around the world.
Near-sightedness can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Eyeglasses are the easiest and safest method of correction.
Near-sightedness is now the most common eye problem and is estimated to affect 1.5 billion people (22% of the population). Severe near-sightedness may lead to headaches and eye strain. It also increases the risk of retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma.