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Myopia: The Most Common Eye Condition

Author: Jiayi Chen

Editors: Ken Saito and Michael Zhu

Artists: Doris Tan

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a visual problem where people can see objects clearly at a close distance but have trouble seeing objects further away. Myopia affects a large percentage of the U.S. population and it becomes increasingly common as most teenagers in the modern century use electronics. Moreover, myopia is known to be inheritable from previous generations in a bloodline. The intensity of visual fatigue also plays an essential role.

There are many causes for myopia, but the most important one is the structure of the eye. Human eyes have a protective layer called the cornea which usually focuses light directly onto the retina of the e