What is myopia/short-sightedness?

Myopia, often known as “being short sighted” causes your vision to be blurry in the distance but clearer when looking at things up close.

It’s a very common focussing problem and for most people it can easily be corrected using glasses or contact lenses, which will make your vision clear and crisp. Myopia is corrected by glasses or contact lenses with a minus lens power e.g. -3.00 dioptres.

A very small percentage of people with high levels of myopia may develop complications in the retina, known as pathological myopia.

There is more information about pathological myopia in our factsheet:

For further information and advice about myopia and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline on:

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