Short Sightedness2021-12-08T12:47:36+00:00

Short-sightedness (myopia) makes it difficult to focus on objects in the distance

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Short-sightedness (myopia) makes it difficult to focus on objects in the distance

We can correct this common eye problem with the latest vision correction treatments

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Short-sightedness – also known as myopia or nearsightedness – makes it difficult to focus on objects in the distance. Many people confuse short-sightedness with long-sightedness. Short-sightedness does not affect your close-up vision, but it does affect your ability to see objects further away correctly.

To understand short-sightedness, it first helps to understand how the eye works.

Short-sightedness is a refractive error caused by an imperfection in the eye. The imperfection changes the way your eye focuses the light rays that pass into it. This can happen when:

  • The eyeball is longer than normal
  • The cornea is more curved than normal

If any of these imperfections occur, it changes the eye’s focusing point. This means that light rays focus in front of your retina instead of on it, making objects in the distance look blurry. Close-up objects generally appear clear because the light rays enter your eye at a slight angle, so they focus on your retina properly.

Risk factors for developing myopia are genetic and environmental.
– If your parents are myopic, you have a greater chance of developing myopia.
– Myopia is more likely to develop when you increase near work during critical developmental ages. Spending time outdoors has been found to reduce the development of myopia.

If objects in the distance appear blurry, it could be a sign that you have short-sightedness. Close-up vision is generally unaffected in people with myopia. However, in very severe cases of short-sightedness, close-up vision can also become blurry.

Short-sightedness may make it difficult to recognise faces at a distance, and driving can become more difficult. In children, you can recognise short-sightedness when they have difficulty seeing the blackboard in their classroom or watching television from a distance.

Short-sighted people may also suffer from headaches and tired eyes from over-straining them. Frowning and squinting are also common symptoms of short-sightedness.

We can diagnose short-sightedness with a routine eye exam.

People with short-sightedness generally have good vision aside from the refractive error.

Traditionally, people would tolerate glasses and contact lenses to correct their refractive error. However, those seeking greater freedom and convenience can opt for laser eye surgery.

What are my options to correct visually significant short-sightedness?

You can choose to correct your vision with glasses and contact lenses. However, if you lead an active lifestyle, dislike the way glasses look or find contact lenses an inconvenience, you can permanently correct your vision with vision correction.

Depending on your suitability, you may be a good candidate for laser vision correction, implantable contact lenses or refractive lens exchange.

Will my prescription continue to increase?

Short-sightedness typically increases during the teenage years and early 20s before stabilising.

Is short-sightedness associated with other eye conditions?

High prescriptions (over -6.00D) are associated with an increased incidence of retinal detachments, primary open-angle glaucoma and myopic macular degeneration.

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A new study estimates that 9.6 million adults in the United States are highly myopic, or severely nearsighted. Of those, nearly 820,000 have a degenerative form of the disease and more than 41,000 suffer a complication called myopic choroidal neovascularization that could cause long-term vision loss, with women at higher risk.

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Short sightedness is the most common refractive error among children and young adults worldwide.

Also called myopia, short sightedness occurs in 30 to 40 percent of adults in the United States and Europe, and in up to 80 percent of the Asian population. The prevalence of myopia has been increasing rapidly in recent decades, and it’s been predicted that by the year 2050, about half of the world’s population will be shortsighted.

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Myopia (also called short sightedness) is the most common cause of impaired vision in people under age 40. In recent years, its prevalence is growing at an alarming rate.

Globally, research suggests that in the year 2000, roughly 25 percent of the world’s population was shortsighted.

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