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, also known as nearsightedness, occurs when light from distant objects entering the eye is focused in front of the retina.

Patients with nearsightedness will typically see clearly those objects that are closer to them, while distance objects will appear blurry. Myopia occurs if the eyeball is too long or the cornea has too much curvature, so the light entering the eye is not focused on the retina.

This condition is easily treated with spectacle lenses or contact lenses. New advances in refractive surgery and ortho-keratology are now available for correction of myopia without the need for glasses or contact lenses during the day.