Do you have trouble seeing far away, but have no problem with items that are close to you? Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a visual condition where objects that are close up are seen clearly, but distant objects aren’t. Myopia is very common, affecting people across Canada and throughout the world. This visual condition often begins during childhood and continues to increase until about the age of 25. If you have myopia, you may require a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, either for part-time or full-time use.
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia is a condition that affects your vision because your eyeball is too long or the cornea has too much curvature. When light enters the eye, it isn’t focused properly on the retina inside the eye, which is the sensory layer. Myopia is both hereditary and spontaneous, which is one of the many reasons why it is so important to have a regular eye exam performed. Your optometrist can give your eyes an in-depth examination and perform a series of tests to determine if you have myopia, how progressed it is and provide you with a range of solutions to improve your vision.
Is Myopia Curable?
At this point in time, there is not cure for myopia, but myopia can be slowed down at a younger age. We offer those services in our clinic for those patients who qualify.
If you are a near-sighted adult then your myopia can no longer be slowed down but it can be potentially treated with one or more of the following solutions:
- Contacts lenses
- Laser surgery
- Lens implants
Please speak with your optometrist to determine which solution is best for you.