Myopia, also known as near-sightedness or short-sightedness, is extremely common. If you’re nearsighted, you’ll experience difficulty seeing objects in the distance – they will appear fuzzy, or blurry.
For example, if you’re driving, you will struggle to read road signs, especially at night.
Playing or watching many sports can cause difficulty – golf, soccer, tennis, rugby, motor sports etc. In fact, anyone with myopia will require some form of visual aid to play or spectate because these tasks all demand excellent distance vision.
Conversely, myopia sufferers are generally able to see close-up objects clearly and easily, especially when they’re young.
An interesting fact – recent research* suggests people are increasingly prone to nearsightedness, caused by increased eye fatigue from using computers on a regular basis.
Children with myopia experience a range of symptoms including:
There are a number of reasons for myopia to be present:
A standard vision test with eye charts will establish whether someone has myopia. If this is the case, a number of other tests will be carried out, they include:
Corrective glasses or contact lenses are the simplest answer to short-sightedness. Your optometrist will be able to recommend the correct prescription.
Both options are fine, but not everyone can live with contact lenses on a daily basis. They aren’t right for everyone, so it’s best to discuss this with an eye doctor.
If you suffer from myopia, it’s worth thinking about which option is right for your lifestyle. These are some potential limitations to consider:
Today, there are a number of alternative and effective options to correct myopia:
Anyone born with myopia today can be reassured they will be able to enjoy a perfectly normal life, without needing to compromise their vision in almost any circumstance.
Whether you are young or reaching a mature age, there are a variety of easy, comfortable solutions available and, over time, even more advanced vision solutions will no doubt become available.
*National Eye Institute