What Is Myopia?
Short-sightedness, or myopia, is an extremely common eye condition that makes it difficult to see things at a distance. Far away objects appear blurred, while close objects can be clearly seen.
Myopia is one of the most common conditions we handle here at Eyesite. Also known as short-sightedness or nearsightedness, one in every three people in the UK suffer from myopia. Myopia can range in severity, from being so mild that corrective lenses won’t show any noticeable difference, right through to not being able to see anything clearly further than a few inches away. Myopia is caused by the eye being too long and has been linked to spending too much time focusing on close objects, like books. Other common claims are that myopia is a result of not going outdoors enough as a child.
Myopia should be corrected for activities such as driving a car. Some jobs also require accurate vision in order for them to be performed safely. Fortunately, at Eyesite, we have a range of treatments for myopia. Short-sightedness can be associated with other eye conditions, such as squint, glaucoma, and cataracts.
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia is caused by either the eye being too long, or the cornea having too much curvature. Either condition means that light entering the eye cannot be focused properly. As a result, images focus just in front of the retina, rather than upon it, sending a blurred image to your brain.
Can You Cure Myopia?
As one of the most common eye conditions in the UK, there are a range of treatment options for myopia. While nothing is guaranteed to permanently cure myopia, there are some treatments that are effective in slowing its progress and limiting its effects.
As one of the most common eye conditions, myopia treatments are as effective as they are numerous. The science of corrective lenses has advanced to the level that managing myopia is easy and affordable.
Treating Myopia with Corrective Lenses
Corrective lenses are an excellent and cost-effective means of treating myopia. By taking an eye test, we can determine your exact prescription and create a lens specifically designed for you. Wearing a lens will ensure that the light is focused on your retina so that distant objects look nice and clear.
Your eyesight changes as you grow, which means that you may require varifocal lenses or more than one pair of glasses. By taking regular eye tests, you can keep track of the changes your eyes are making and adjust your prescription to keep your vision clear.
Lightweight and all but invisible, contact lenses are a popular way to treat myopia. Contact lenses are available in a range of types from daily disposables to bi-weekly or monthly. Another option to treat myopia is to use firmer Ortho-K lenses that adjust the shape of your eye while you sleep, removing the need to wear corrective lenses during the day. Learn more about Ortho-K lenses.
Myopia Treatment For Children
While myopia usually develops during puberty, it is not uncommon to for young children to develop myopia. Myopia in children, if left untreated, can cause future health problems later in life, as well as making day-to-day interaction with other children and play more difficult.