Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common vision condition in which you can see objects near to you clearly, but objects farther away are blurry. The degree of your nearsightedness determines your ability to focus on distant objects. People with severe nearsightedness can only see objects just a few inches away, while those with mild nearsightedness may see objects clearly several metres away. Nearsightedness may develop gradually or rapidly, often worsening during childhood into adolescence and is genetic. A basic eye exam can confirm nearsightedness. You can easily correct the condition with eyeglasses or contact lenses.