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Short-sightedness: Signs and symptoms of myopia

There are several symptoms of myopia (shortsightedness), all of which are fairly easy to recognise.

As the name implies, most shortsighted people can see certain nearby objects clearly but they have trouble to see things that are farther away.

In addition to blurry distance vision, signs and symptoms of myopia include squinting, excessive blinking, eye rubbing, headaches, eye strain and an apparent unawareness of distant objects.

Shortsightedness usually begins in childhood. A typical complaint of shortsighted schoolchildren is that they have trouble reading what’s written on the blackboard or whiteboard.

Myopia generally stabilises by around age 20, but it can continue to progress into early adulthood.

If your child is experiencing myopia symptoms, schedule a complete eye exam with an optometrist. Children who are shortsighted should have regular eye tests to help maintain excellent vision during their school years.

Shortsightedness usually doesn’t pose a risk to eye health, but it’s important to get an early diagnosis and treatment to ensure that it does not become a degenerative condition.

Myopia can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. When the condition stabilises, refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK can permanently correct shortsightedness and eliminate myopia symptoms.

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