Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the gradual or rapid decline of your eyes’ ability to focus on far away objects. People who are nearsighted will usually see objects close to them clearly, while objects further away appear blurry. If you have to sit closer to the TV set or movie screen than you used to, or find yourself squinting a lot, you may be experiencing myopia.
Myopia and Your Eye
Myopia is a common eye disorder, not an eye disease. It’s a refractive error, which means that the eye does not bend (refract) light properly to a single focus point to see images clearly. With normal vision, an image is sharply focused onto the retina at the back of your eye. When you are nearsighted, or myopic, the point of focus falls short of the retina, allowing you to see near objects more clearly, but distant objects will appear blurred.