Mark D. Weingarten, M.D.
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The inability to see objects clearly at a distance is called nearsightedness or myopia. The condition is caused by an eyeball that is too long and focuses light rays in front of the retina, instead of clearly on the retina, which is needed for normal vision.
Myopia usually begins in childhood, making uncorrected nearsightedness the most common eye problem among school-age children. As the body grows, the myopia usually progresses and then stabilizes in adulthood.
The symptoms of myopia include blurry vision, headaches, and eyestrain, and can usually be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. A thorough eye examination by an eye-care professional is recommended at the first sign of a visual problem. If corrective lenses are prescribed, it's a good idea to have yearly eye examinations so that changes in vision can be monitored and treated.