Myopia (Short sight)

What is Myopia?

Myopia or Short sight is a hereditary problem and develops through the teens, affecting 20% of the population. Myopia is where the light is focused infront of the retina so that images in the distance appear out of focus.

Causes of Myopia

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is slightly longer than usual causing light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface.

Myopia or short sight is hereditary and usually develops in childhood or in the teens. Myopia may stabilize at a certain point, although sometimes it deteriorates with age, known as myopic creep.

Diagnosis of Myopia

Myopia can cause headaches and eyestrain. An exam by an eye care professional will indicate most vision problems.

Treatments for Myopia

Myopia can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses and refractive eye surgery.

The choice of treatment should be discussed with your eye care practitioner. The most suitable form of correction will depend on your prescription and lifestyle requirments.

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