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Understanding Myopia

Do you or a family member struggle to see things that are in the distance clearly? Perhaps you are not able to read car number plates or road signs easily, but you can still see close up objects really clearly. If so,  then you will want to see an optician to get your eyesight checked. It may be that you have a condition referred to as Myopia, or short sightedness. 

This is a condition that often appears in childhood and the individual may not even be able to explain to someone that they are experiencing issues. If someone is complaining of an increase in headaches and appears to be having problems seeing items further away, then this could be the problem. 

What is myopia?

Short-sightedness or myopia is a very common eye condition. It occurs in individuals who have a misshapen cornea, eyeball or lens in their eye. It is believed that around 1 in 4 people are affected by myopia and it is most commonly developed in younger children and teenagers. However, it can increase in severity during early adulthood as well. A person who has myopia will normally have good vision for those things that are close by but struggle to see things clearly that are further away.

Those individuals who have myopia usually have eyes that are too long. This isn’t actually something to be concerned about and is not something that other people will be able to see. What this actually means in technical terms is that rather than light focusing on the retina it focuses just in front of it. 

How is myopia treated?

There is no risk to eye health in those individuals who have myopia and the simplest way to correct the issues that it can cause to your eyesight is by wearing glasses. It is important to have regular eye check-ups, every two years is recommended, unless your optician says otherwise, to ensure that your glasses remain the correct strength. This is because over time your vision may continue to change. 

Across the majority of our practices, we offer MiSight Contact Lenses as an alternative to glasses for children with myopia. These are a daily disposable contact lens, and the first that has been designed to help slow down the progression of myopia in adolescents. These are soft contact lenses and incredibly comfortable to use. They are suitable for use by children over the age of 8 and are preferred by most youngsters to the more traditional glasses.

Book an Appointment with RWoodfall 

For an appointment at one of our practices with a member of our expert team of highly qualified eye care professionals, do not hesitate to get in touch. We can talk you through a diagnosis of myopia and offer you a solution to help manage myopia and slow down its progression.