What is Myopia?
Myopia, generally known as near sightedness or short sightedness, is an increasingly common vision condition that causes blur in the distance.This condition normally starts in childhood, progressing in severity during teenage years and into a person’s early 20’s.
Myopia occurs when the shape of your eye causes light rays to bend (refract) incorrectly, focusing images in front of your retina. This is often due to an excessive elongation of the eyeball or an excessively powerful/curved cornea.
Unfortunately myopia is a growing epidemic, showing onset at younger and younger ages and is the single greatest threat to our children’s vision.
Why is progressing Myopia a problem?
Dependency on spectacles or contact lenses increases
The higher the myopia, the higher the risk for serious ocular complications like:
- Retinal Detachment
- Myopic Maculopathy
- Reduced freedom and quality of life for sports and activities with spectacles
Symptoms of Myopia
Blurred distance vision
· Tired eyes
· Squinting or excessive blinking
· Increased headaches and strain
· Reduced learning performance
· Moving closer to the TV or the board
· Holding material closer to see
Simulate what it’s like to have increased degrees of myopia:
Treatment for Myopia can include spectacles, contact lenses, and Ortho-K.