Myopia (simply known as short-sightedness) is a condition in which the eye has no problem viewing objects up close but, has trouble focusing on objects in the distance. Research indicates that myopia is becoming increasingly more widespread. Studies additionally show that it begins during childhood and gradually continues to progress as you grow, until it eventually stabilises.
Causes of myopia
There are a number of risk factors that can contribute to the likelihood of you developing short-sightedness, the most common being genetically, where if your parents suffer from myopia, you are likely to inherit it. Other contributors of myopia include: sitting too close to the television, squinting to read signs or objects in the distance.
How does it occur?
Myopia most commonly occurs when your eyeball is slightly longer than the average sized eye, which in turn causes light rays that enter the eye, to focus at a point in front of the retina rather than directly on it. Concave lenses or spectacles are typically used to help correct the vision impairment.
How to treat it
Despite there not being a permanent cure, myopic patients usually opt for laser eye surgery, but due to recent advances, other popular options are available such as Orthokeratology, a treatment becoming increasingly popular amongst patients.
Here at Eye 2 Eye, we have invested into this promising and innovative refractive imaging and diagnostic equipment to now offer the Orthokeratology (Ortho–k) to patients with myopia.