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Factors That Put You at Risk of Becoming Nearsighted

Someone undergoing an eye examination Nearsightedness (myopia) is a vision condition that affects about 30% of the U.S population. People with myopia can see close objects clearly, but distant objects appear blurred. The exact causes of myopia are not clear, but the following three factors can increase your risk of developing the condition:

It Must be Your Genes

Medical research has shown that myopia tends to run in families. You are therefore more likely to develop this visual condition if either or both of your parents are nearsighted. Visit an eye clinic in Maple Grove, MN for an eye test if your genes put you at risk of developing eye problems.

Your Excessive Time with Close Work

Do you spend a lot of time focusing your eyes on close objects? Reading, writing, and using hand-held devices and computers can significantly increase your risk of developing nearsightedness. These activities put stress on the eyes while at the same time keep you away from essential natural light. Do everything in moderation. Spend some time away from your devices and books each day doing some outdoor activities.

You Spending Less Time Outdoors

Eye research has suggested that spending time outdoors may be key to eye health, as long as people avoid over-exposure to sunlight. Recent studies also postulate that natural light is essential for healthy eye development in children. The growing body of evidence shows that spending time outdoors may then reduce the risk of myopia in children and adolescents. Spending time outdoors may also help slow down existing nearsightedness.

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Nearsightedness occurs when the eyeball is too long, or the cornea is too curved but the exact reasons why this happens are not clear. However, it appears to be the result of a combination of hereditary and environmental factors that upset the normal development of the eye.

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