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Yes, we can see things much closer (depending on level of short-sightedness). I have found it to be to my advantage when painting details on small models, I can bring the model right up close to my eye and see it clearly when I flick up my glasses, and see it comfortably. If I am wearing glasses (or contact lenses), I cannot focus on the object so close, and it becomes uncomfortable. There is a scientific explanation for this that I once read, to do with the shape of the myopic eye.

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Q: Is it true that people who are shortsighted can see objects up close better than people who have normal vision not far- or shortsighted?
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