Do you have questions about Myopia? What is it? How does it affect my child? What can be done about it?

What is Myopia?

Myopic (short-sighted) people cannot see clearly in the distance without glasses or contact lenses.

This is because of a focusing problem. Usually, light comes in through the lens and focuses on the retina at the back of the eye. In myopia, the light is focused too far forward in the eye, in front of the retina, which causes things to look blurred in the distance.

About three in 10 people in the UK are short-sighted and about 5% of those have severe myopia.

People typically become short-sighted in their teenage years or twenties.

Causes of Myopia

Several factors probably combine to cause myopia. There is a tendency for myopia to run in families. Myopia usually appears around puberty, but can appear at any age from early childhood.

In most cases, myopia stabilises in once the body is fully grown, usually in the mid-twenties or earlier.

A widely held misconception is that myopia corrects itself with age. Although patients with low-level myopia can read without glasses throughout life, their distance vision remains poor.

We offer customised treatment programs to help manage the progression of your childs myopia. Watch our video which explains a bit more on myopia and the treatments we offer.

If you have any further questions or would like to book in and start your Myopia management journey. Please contact us, we look forward to hearing from you.

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