Myopia, or near-sightedness, is an eye condition in which objects up close are seen clearly, but objects far away are difficult to see. It happens because the eye grows too long to be able to focus light correctly on the retina (back of the eye). Children who have parents with myopia are more likely to become nearsighted, but there are other causes of myopia that aren’t fully understood yet.
There are various treatments being studied for myopia, including medications, new glasses or contact lens designs, or orthokeratology. Researchers at SUNY College of Optometry are working to figure out what available treatments are the most effective and to discover new treatments.
For more information, contact the Clinical Vision Research Center.