Short-sightedness, or myopia, is a very common vision problem that can usually be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. If you’re short-sighted (myopic), your vision is clear when you look at things up close, but objects that are further away are out of focus or blurred.1

What causes short-sightedness?1

Short-sightedness occurs when the clear front surface of the eye (the cornea) curves too steeply or the eyeball is too long. Meaning light entering the eye does not focus on the back of the eye (the retina) but focuses in front so distant images appear blurry.

The eye condition is very common in school-age children and is commonly caused by the eyes growing too quickly. You’re more likely to develop it if one or both or your parents are also short-sighted.

Spending time focusing your eyes on near objects, for example, reading or looking at close-up digital screens such as a mobile or computer screens, can increase your risk of developing short-sightedness. Lack of time spent outdoors in natural light has also shown to increase the chances of developing the vision condition.

What are the symptoms of short-sightedness?1

You may be short-sighted if the objects in the distance appear blurry, you need to squint to try see clearly and you have difficulty seeing while driving. This can lead to headaches that are caused by eyestrain.

Diagnosing short-sightedness1

The Optometrist will perform a series of tests, that includes placing different lenes in front of your eyes. They will also use a slit lamp to magnify and light your eye so that they can see it in much closer detail to check your eye health.

If you suspect you are short-sighted, head to our MyACUVUE® page to sign-up to the app and find your closest Optometrist for an eye test.


Most people who are short-sighted can correct their vision with glasses or contact lenses. Some contact lenses are shaped to focus the light correctly on your retina, helping you to see people and objects in the distance clearly without glasses.

Talk to your Optometrist if ACUVUE® Contact Lenses for short-sightedness are right for you.


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1. Myopia (short-sightedness), Good vision for Life. Accessed 13 July 2022, link – [https://goodvisionforlife.com.au/vision-problems/myopia/#symptomsofmyopia].

Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your optometrist. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, contact your optometrist immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your optometrist and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide or call the ACUVUE® Support Team on 1800 736 912.