Don't quite know what myopia is? Perhaps you may know this eye condition by its better known moniker of nearsightedness. With it being the most common cause of vision impairment in the world for those who are 40 and under, myopia is something all parents and young adults should constantly be on the lookout for. Here's what you need to know about it.
Also known as nearsightedness, myopia is a common vision condition that makes it difficult for those who suffer from it to see objects in the distance clearly. Those who have myopia don't have any issue seeing things up close to them, but those things which are far away often look blurry or are tough to decipher. With myopia extremely prevalent amongst our youth (nearly 9 per cent of children between the ages of 5-17 have it), this eye condition is one you'll want to know more about.
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What You Need to Know About Myopia
Myopia occurs when the shape of your eye leads to light refracting incorrectly. This results in your eye focusing on objects in front of your retina instead of on your retina, which is the proper way things are supposed to work. Another cause of nearsightedness is when your lens is curved too much when compared to the length of your eyeball. At times, myopia can be caused by both problems working in concert with one another.
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Main Symptoms of Myopia
Myopia is usually first identified in individuals while they are children. The main symptoms of myopia include:
- Blurry vision when attempting to look at objects far away
- Squinting to try and see objects more clearly
- Headaches related to eye strain
- Trouble seeing or identifying road signs
Myopia is classified as a hereditary condition as it is believed to have a genetic component to it. That means if one of your parents suffers from myopia then you are more at risk of suffering from it too. If both your parents have myopia your odds of developing this eye condition increase even higher.
Treatments for Myopia
Given the fact that myopia is correctable and one of the most common eye conditions out there, there are plenty of ways it can be effectively treated. Some of the most common forms of treatment for nearsightedness include:
- Laser eye surgery
Depending on how severe your myopia is, it may be necessary for you to wear your prescription glasses or contact lenses at all times when awake or just during certain activities such as driving or watching TV.
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