Myopia is the medical term for ”nearsightedness”, a condition in which the eyes can see close objects but not distant objects. It is usually an inherited trait and is oftentimes found in children between the ages of 8 and 12. Myopia increases as children grow, leveling off in adulthood. Myopia less commonly manifests itself in adulthood. It is a misconception that excessive reading, computer use, and diet have an effect on the presence and/or progression of myopia. A myopic eye is not as round as a normal eye, tending to be a more elongated oval shape. This oval shape causes light to be focused slightly in front of the retina, resulting in the perception of a blurred image. Myopia is easily correctable with glasses or contact lenses. In some cases laser vision correction may be an option.