Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of developing nearsightedness, such as:

  • Family history. Nearsightedness tends to run in families. If one of your parents is nearsighted, your risk of developing nearsightedness is increased. The risk is even higher if both parents are nearsighted.
  • Close work. There may be an increased incidence of nearsightedness among people who do a lot of reading or other close work.
Mar. 03, 2012