+27 12 452 3811 helpdesk@sancb.org.za

Myopia – also known as near- or short-sightedness – is growing at an alarming rate. Roughly 50% of the world’s population is expected to be near-sighted by 2050.

Myopia is the most common cause of impaired vision for people under 40. It causes blurred vision, where far away objects appear out of focus. Genetics play a part in Myopia. But perhaps the biggest culprit is decreased outdoor time combined with increased use of screens and technology.

There is no true cure for Myopia but there are ways to correct it, such as wearing prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and laser eye surgery.

You can also help slow the progression by eating healthy, resting your eyes and spending more time outdoors. Being outside allows the eyes to benefit from improved light and focusing at distance.

For more information, contact the Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness on

012 452 3811 or angelina@sancb.org.za