Get regular checkups
Myopia can happen gradually. So much so that people might not realise their long distance vision is deteriorating. Regular optometrist checkups 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.
Be mindful of the risk factors
Certain risk factors increase the chances of 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 (or near sightedness) can cause complications, some more severe than others. These include:
Nearsightedness can impact on the ability to work, play and even enjoy sport.
People with uncorrected nearsightedness tend to squint in order to bring objects into focus. This can result in damaging eye strain.
Danger when driving.
People with uncorrected nearsightedness risk injuring themselves and others in driving accidents.
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.