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What is myopia (short-sightedness)?

Myopia, or more commonly known short-sightedness, is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects in the distance appear blurred. Myopia occurs if the eyeball is longer than usual or if the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, has too much curvature. As a result, the light entering the eye can't focus correctly and distance objects appear blurred.

Generally, myopia first occurs in school-age children and as the eye continues to grow it typically progresses until about 20 years of age. Myopia can be genetically inherited and there is also growing evidence to show that it is influenced by the visual stress associated with too much close work.

Contact lenses or glasses may be used to optically correct myopia and other options such as Orthokeratology (corneal reshaping using special contact lenses) or laser surgery may be considered.

The friendly Optometrists at The Eye Practicecan to advise you on the various ways myopia can be corrected and will help you to decide which option is best for you.

PLEASE READ: The information given under Eye Conditions is of a general nature and is not intended to be advice on any particular matter. Please take the appropriate Optometrical advice before acting on any information given under Eye Conditions of The Eye Practice web-site.

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