Why does myopia occur?

It’s not known what causes myopia and research suggests there could be a number of different reasons for it to develop. Myopia does run in families so its thought to be partly genetic. Children who have one parent with myopia have a higher chance of developing myopia. This chance increases if both parents have myopia.

Other conditions such as diabetes and cataracts can also cause myopia.

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