Get regular checkups
Myopia can happen gradually. In fact lots of people don’t realise their distance vision is getting worse. So regular checkups with your optometrist can detect myopia before it becomes a problem.
Adults without symptoms should have their eyes checked at least every 3 years. Children should see an optometrist at age 6-months, 3-years and then every 2 years thereafter.
Remember the risk factors
Some things increase the chances of getting myopia. These include ethnic background, time spent on computers and limited outdoor activity. People with an increased risk should seek advice from an optometrist.
Myopia can cause complications, some more severe than others. These include:
- Lifestyle impacts:
Short-sightedness can impact on the ability to work, play and enjoy sport.
- Eye strain:
People with uncorrected short-sightedness tend to squint in order to bring objects into focus. This can result in damaging eye strain.
- Danger when driving:
People with uncorrected short-sightedness risk injuring themselves and others in driving accidents.
- Financial impacts:
Corrective lenses, glasses and follow-up treatment can be expensive. People with myopia can suffer a financial burden as a result of their condition.
- Long term impacts:
People who develop myopia are at increased risk of getting other serious eye diseases as they age. These include retinal detachment, glaucoma and myopic macular degeneration, as well as developing cataracts earlier than normal.