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Is a common eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly.

It’s thought to affect up to one in three people in the UK and is becoming more common.

Cases of short-sightedness can range from mild, where treatment may not be required, to severe, where a person’s vision is significantly affected.

If distant objects appear fuzzy to you or if your child is finding it difficult to see things in the distance, such as the blackboard at school, you should make an appointment for a sight test with an optometrist.


Short-sightedness often gradually gets worse as a child gets older. This is because as the child grows, their eyes grow longer. The condition tends to stabilise after a person is fully grown, although sometimes it can progress until the mid- to late-20s.


Short-sightedness usually starts to develop around puberty, but it can develop at any age, including in very young children.

It’s unusual for the condition to start after the age of 30, although older people may become short-sighted as a result of cataracts.

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Source: NHS England

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