myopia

Small girl frowning, trying to see letters on an eye chart
The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recognizes that myopia, and in particular high myopia, is a global public health issue and cannot be considered merely an inconvenience of uncorrected vision. The CAO supports the position of the World Council of Optometry and endorses evidence-based myopia management as a
standard of care for all at-risk patients.
Young boy wearing glasses
Myopia, or near-sightedness, is a vision condition in which, without a vision correction, near objects are seen clearly, but distant objects are out of focus.
Girl with glasses in front of school bus
CAO's Position Statement on Myopia
Myopia - Public Education PowerPoint Presentation that can be used by CAO members

What is myopia?

Nearsightedness, or myopia, as it is medically termed, is a visual condition in which near objects are seen clearly, but distant objects do not come into proper focus.

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What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a normal aging change in which the crystalline lens of your eye loses its elasticity and flexibility. This results in an inability to focus on close objects.

Children now spend less time than ever before playing outdoors, which results in less time being exposed to enough nature and sunlight.