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What does nearsightedness mean?

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Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a problem with focusing that makes distant objects appear blurry. Glasses or contacts can usually improve it.

High Myopia is a severe form of nearsightedness that can lead to other health problems including retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts.It can be treated with medication drops, glasses, contacts or cataract lens replacement surgery.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control web site: "Vision Impairment." American Academy of Ophthalmology web site, "Children's Eye Health and Safety" and "How Often Should I Have My Child's Eyes Screened?" National Information Center on Children and Youth With Disabilities web site, "Vision Impairments." American Foundation for the Blind web site, "Your Rights as Parents." American Federation for the Blind web site, "How Babies Learn," "Setting Limits and Building Confidence," "Education: What Families Need to Know," and "Living With Vision Loss." Prevent Blindness America web site, "Signs of Possible Eye Problems in Children," and "Guidelines for Children's Vision Health." Nemours Foundation web site, "Your Child's Vision." Blind Babies Foundation web site, "Unique Needs of Children With Visual Impairments" and "Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on November 07, 2019

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control web site: "Vision Impairment." American Academy of Ophthalmology web site, "Children's Eye Health and Safety" and "How Often Should I Have My Child's Eyes Screened?" National Information Center on Children and Youth With Disabilities web site, "Vision Impairments." American Foundation for the Blind web site, "Your Rights as Parents." American Federation for the Blind web site, "How Babies Learn," "Setting Limits and Building Confidence," "Education: What Families Need to Know," and "Living With Vision Loss." Prevent Blindness America web site, "Signs of Possible Eye Problems in Children," and "Guidelines for Children's Vision Health." Nemours Foundation web site, "Your Child's Vision." Blind Babies Foundation web site, "Unique Needs of Children With Visual Impairments" and "Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on November 07, 2019

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