Nearsightedness, or myopia, occurs when a person has difficulty seeing objects at a distance. Glasses, contact lenses or LASIK surgery may help remedy the condition.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development offers suggestions that may help reduce or prevent myopia:
* Use good posture when reading — sit up straight, and don't cause strain on your eyes by holding the book too close or too far away.
* Make sure there is always proper lighting when reading or working.
* Be sure to take frequent breaks and rest your eyes when reading or working on a computer, or any other activity that may strain your eyes.
* If you do notice yourself squinting or having difficulty seeing objects at a distance, talk to your eye care professional.
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