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7 Facts about Myopia

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

Number 1

Myopia (short or near sightedness) is a very common eye condition that occurs when light is focused in front of the retina inside the eye, meaning that distant objects appear blurred. There are two main types of myopia; axial and refractive. Axial myopia is very common and occurs when the eyeball grows too long / stretches, which can cause sight threatening damage to many of the internal structures of the eye later in life. This type of myopia primarily develops in childhood and the prevalence is getting much worse globally, including in the UK.