Myopia (short sightedness)

Myopia is better known as short sightedness. This means that the eyeball is too long and the light and image is focused in front of the retina instead of on it.

People suffering with short sightedness have problems seeing clearly into the distant but can see well close up.

Myopia can either be treated by wearing spectacles, contact lenses or by certain refractive surgical techniques.

Myopia is corrected with minus (-) lenses. These have thicker edges with a thinner middle. The incidence of Myopia is rising dramatically in the UK and high myopia increases the risk of sight threatening problems as we get older – click here to learn more about Myopia, the problems that it can cause, and how you can reduce your child’s risk of developing high myopia.