A few weeks ago we wrote a post on hyperopia and what it means for your eyes. We explained long- (or far-) sightedness in simple terms and talked through the types of vision correction that’s available for this condition.
This week we want to talk about a similar eye condition; myopia.
Like hyperopia, if you have myopia it means that your eyes don’t bend light to a single focus in the way that they should. This is what we call a ‘refractive error’. Unlike hyperopia, if you have myopia you can see things up-close very clearly, but objects in the distance appear blurred. This is more commonly referred to as being short- (or near-) sighted.
Myopia usually occurs in childhood and is inherited. Often, children start to notice the effects between the ages of 8 and 12, but sometimes they don’t realise their eyesight isn’t ‘normal’, so it is detected when they are slightly older.
There are signs that you can look out for if you think your child may have myopia. If they sit closer to the television than is usual, if they complain of not being able to see the whiteboard at school, regular headaches or eyestrain, or squinting to see things in the distance.
The same goes for you; if you’re finding it difficult to see things in the distance you may be short-sighted. Although it is more common to develop in childhood, it’s not impossible to become short-sighted later in life.
If you think you or your child may be short-sighted, visit your local optician for a thorough eye examination. At Eye Emporium, we see a lot of patients with myopia and it’s really nothing to worry about. Our in-depth examinations help us to determine how mild or severe your myopia is. From this we can create you a prescription for correction.
There are lots of options available when it comes to correcting myopia, so don’t worry. The most common solution is spectacles. As you may have noticed, as well as being the perfect tool for correcting your vision, glasses have become a fashion accessory in recent years too. There are thousands of different designs available to choose from, which means that there really is a perfect style for you out there.
Perhaps specs aren’t your thing? It’s true, some people feel a little restricted with glasses on their face, and people who play sports or are quite active may prefer another option. This is where contact lenses come in. Thanks to technological advances in recent years, there are now contact lenses available to suit almost anyone, no matter what the prescription.
And they’re not just for the sporty among us, they’re great for anyone, whether you don’t want to cover your face, you prefer a wider field of vision, or you simply don’t like glasses.
At Eye Emporium we offer free contact lens trials so that you can practise putting them in and taking them out, learn how to take proper care of them, and importantly, make sure they’re comfortable.
If you want a more permanent solution, you may also be suitable to have laser eye surgery. This is where – after a detailed assessment – a specialist lasers off a layer of the cornea, solving the refractive error and giving you back perfect vision.
Eye Emporium offers an ‘in-between’ solution though, called Ortho-K. This is an overnight contact lens which works to reshape the cornea while you sleep, giving you perfect vision during the day without the need for contacts or specs.
If you think you might have myopia or would like to learn more about Ortho K, contact lenses or specs, call our expert team on 0800 020 9202 – we’d be delighted to help.