Myopia, also known as shortsightedness, is a very common condition. A person with myopia can focus clearly on objects at a short distance, while objects at a longer distance appear blurred. That is to say, it is much easier to read a book or look at a smartphone than to watch TV, for instance. Wearing glases or contact lenses corrects the condition. Perhaps it is only necessary to wear glasses or contact lenses when doing activities which require long distance vision, such as looking at the board in class or when driving.

If undiagnosed, you can experience headaches and eye strain. In addition, you can experience fatigue when driving or when playing sports. In children, the condition can lead to having a lazy eye or a squint.

If you suffer from myopia, it means that you can see objects that are close to you. Indeed, the farther away from the object you are, the more blurry it will appear.

The reason for myopia is that your eyeball is a little too long or that the cornea is too steeply curved. Myopia occurs when the light passing through the cornea refracts, or bends, too much and, therefore, the light does not focus on the retina. Instead, the rays of light all focus on a point in front of the retina. 

Typically, myopia begins in childhood. In addition, myopia is often hereditary.

Simply put, the result of myopia is similar to what a blurry image looks like if the lens of a camera is not adjusted properly.

A normal eye test can easily diagnose myopia.

Of course, our extended eye tests are free here at Heiko by Heiko in Torre del Mar.

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