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What is Short Sightedness?

Being short-sighted (Myopic) means you can’t see distant objects clearly. Prescription glasses will help to correct the problem.

Signs you may have Myopia

  • You may have trouble clearly seeing images or words on a whiteboard, movie screen or television.

  • Car number plates and road signs may appear blurry.

  • Children who are short sighted may sit at the front of the classroom or very close to the TV.

You may also suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Headaches

  • Eyestrain

  • Squinting

Myopia Warning Signs
You are more likely to develop myopia if you work close-up, like reading, sewing or using a computer. Also if you have a parent who is shortsighted or if you were born prematurely then your chances of inheriting the condition increase.

Managing Myopia
Myopia is treatable with prescription glasses to correct near-sightedness. In order to refocus light correctly on the retina, the lenses of your glasses will be thicker at the edge than in the middle. Your eye care professional will prescribe lenses that will correct your short sightedness. Glasses are the simplest and safest option for myopia correction.

Causes of Myopia
Myopia is a ‘refractive error’, meaning the eye has a problem focussing light rays. Normally, rays bend (refract) evenly onto a small area of the retina to give a clear image. If you’re near-sighted, light rays focus in front of the retina instead, blurring what you see far away, but not close up.