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  • If you are short-sighted, you will have trouble seeing objects in the distance clearly.
  • You may have difficulty seeing while driving and have trouble reading road signs, especially at night.
  • Typically, short-sightedness is first detected in childhood.
  • In people with short-sightedness, the clear front surface of the eye (the cornea) curves too steeply or the eyeball is too long.
  • You can wear glasses or contact lenses or have surgery to correct your vision if you are short-sighted.

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Reviewed on: 17-10-2015