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What is Myopia
Myopia is often known as short-sightedness, a common eye condition where distant objects appear blurry while near objects are clear. You’ve probably noticed it when trying to read a road sign or watch TV. The science behind it? It primarily occurs when the eyeball grows too long in relation to the power of the eye, causing light to focus at a point in front of the retina rather than directly on it.
What Causes Myopia?
While the precise cause of myopia remains unclear, both genetic and environmental factors play crucial roles. Children with parents who have myopia are at a higher risk of developing the condition.
But it’s not just genetics. Recent research suggests a strong correlation between myopia development and lifestyle factors such as intensive near work—like reading or using digital devices—and a lack of time spent outdoors.
Recognising the symptoms of myopia early can help manage the condition more effectively. Typical signs include difficulty reading road signs or blackboards, squinting or closing the eyes to see better, frequent headaches, and feeling fatigued when driving or playing sports.
If you or your child are experiencing symptoms such as difficulty seeing distant objects or signs, eye strain, headaches, or squinting, it’s important to seek professional help.
At Vision Camberwell we offer a comprehensive eye examination, including a refraction assessment, measurement of the length of the eye and eye health examination, when diagnosing myopia.
Book your comprehensive examination today at Vision Camberwell.
FIG 1. NORMAL EYE
FIG 2. MYOPIC EYE
What is Myopia
Myopia is not a stagnant condition. Especially in children, myopia often progresses over time, requiring frequent updates to glasses or contact lens prescriptions.
It’s more than an inconvenience though. Myopia increases the chance of severe eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, myopic maculopathy, and retinal detachment. And these risks escalate as the level of myopia increases.
Myopia Treatment Options
While there’s no outright cure for myopia, multiple treatment options exist to manage the condition and slow its progression. These include prescription glasses or contact lenses, Orthokeratology (OrthoK), and pharmaceutical interventions such as low-dose atropine eye drops.
Why Do We Need to Control Myopia?
Controlling myopia is essential for reducing the risk of developing sight-threatening conditions and potential blindness. The sooner we can detect and manage myopia, the better the long-term eye health outcome.
Myopia Control Glasses
Specially designed myopia control glasses have been developed to help manage myopia progression in children. They’re designed with unique lenses that aim to alter the way light focuses in the peripheral retina, thereby reducing the stimulus for eyeball growth.
Prevention of Myopia Onset
Early intervention is key when it comes to myopia prevention. Encouraging children to spend more time outdoors and reducing intensive near work can help delay the onset of myopia. Regular eye examinations are also crucial in detecting myopia in its initial stages.
What is myopia?
Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, is an eye condition in which distant objects appear blurry while near objects are clear.
What causes myopia?
The exact cause is unknown, but both genetic and environmental factors are thought to play roles. Lifestyle factors such as a lack of time outdoors and intensive near work are associated with an increased risk of developing myopia.
Can myopia be cured?
While there’s currently no cure for myopia, various treatment options are available to help manage the condition and slow its progression.
How is myopia diagnosed?
Myopia is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination that includes a refraction assessment, measurement of the length of the eye and eye health examination.
What can be done to prevent myopia?
Spending more time outdoors and reducing intensive near work can help prevent the onset of myopia. Regular eye examinations are also important for early detection.
What are the Next Steps?
It’s time to take the next steps towards improving your vision.
Here’s what you can do:
- Schedule a Consultation: Contact Vision Camberwell to schedule a consultation with our industry leaders in myopia control. We will thoroughly evaluate your condition, discuss your concerns, and recommend appropriate treatment options.
- Ask Questions: During your consultation, feel free to ask any questions you may have. Our optometrists are here to address your concerns and provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your eye health.
- Follow the Treatment Plan: After your consultation, our optometrists will develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. It is essential to follow the recommended treatment plan diligently. This may include wearing custom designed contact lenses, attending regular follow-up appointments, and adopting certain lifestyle adjustments.
- Attend Follow-up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments are crucial for monitoring your progress and making any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. These appointments allow our optometrists to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and address any concerns or questions you may have.
- Maintain Good Eye Health Practices: Alongside the prescribed treatment, it is important to maintain good overall eye health. Protect your eyes from excessive UV exposure by wearing sunglasses and using protective eyewear when necessary. Follow proper eye hygiene practices, such as avoiding rubbing your eyes and keeping them clean. Additionally, maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated.
- Contact Vision Camberwell for Support: If you have any questions, concerns, or experience changes in your symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to Vision Camberwell. Our optometrists are dedicated to providing ongoing support and guidance throughout your Myopia treatment journey.