Myopia (Short-sightedness)

girl with myopia holding glasses in front of her face

What is Myopia?

Myopia, commonly called short-sightedness, is a condition in which light is focused in front of the retina rather than directly on the surface. This occurs when the eyeball is too long, relative to the focusing power of the cornea and lens of the eye.

Near sighted people have difficulty in seeing distant objects clearly. They find it hard to read road signs and to play sports. Recognising people in the distance may be a problem for many shortsighted people. Often a person will not realise that they cannot see clearly, but an eye examination by an optometrist such as David will reveal the problem.

It is a very common condition, affecting approximately 15% of the Australian population. It begins to develop in teenage years and may get worse over time.

How is it treated?

David can diagnose myopia through his comprehensive eye test and provide you with tailored treatment options. He has completed additional training to assist him in the treatment of myopia and is accredited to fit specialised orthokeratology (Ortho K) contact lenses used to treat Myopia. Ortho K lenses are worn overnight and reshape the cornea, and have proven successful in slowing down or even stopping myopic progression.

Are you or your child experiencing the symptoms of myopia? You can book an appointment online to see David.