Nearsightedness (myopia) is a vision problem that makes it hard to see distant objects clearly.
Kids with nearsightedness may:
Nearsightedness happens when light that enters the eye focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it. This creates blurry vision in the distance.
It happens more often in school-age kids, especially preteens and teens. Nearsightedness can run in families.
An eye doctor can tell if your child is nearsighted. They will do a routine exam that usually includes:
The eye doctor will prescribe glasses or contact lenses to help your child see clearly.
To help take care of your child’s eyes: