What is Myopia?

Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a very common condition that effects how clearly you are able to make out objects at a distance.

Common symptoms of Myopia

  • Regular headaches or tired eyes
  • Trouble reading signposts or number plates at a distance
  • Needing to squint to see properly
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Short sightedness, or Myopia, usually starts around puberty, but it can occasionally develop in much younger children. The condition makes focusing on things that are placed at a distance from you difficult; like reading road signs or words on a blackboard. Looking at things that are close by should be no problem, for instance when you’re reading a book or using a computer screen.

Myopia is caused by your eyeball growing slightly too long. This makes it difficult for your cornea to focus light properly when an object is far away, sending an image to your brain that’s too blurry to see properly.

Common treatments for Myopia

Corrective lenses: Contact lenses or glasses can be used to bend light correctly before it reaches your eyes, allowing you to focus on objects at a distance.

Laser eye surgery: Laser eye surgery can be used to slightly alter the shape of the eye. This can be costly and shouldn’t be performed on young children.

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