This problem happens when the shape of the eye does not bend light correctly. The eyeball is too short for light rays to clearly focus on the retina.
It may also be caused by a problem with the shape of the cornea or lens.
|Interior of the Eye|
|Light rays are precisely focused on the retina (orange) in good vision.|
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