Myopia, also known as short sightedness, is a condition of the eye where light focuses in front of, instead of on, the retina. This causes distant objects to be blurry while close objects appear normal. Other symptoms of Myopia may include headaches and eye strain. Severe cases of Myopia can increase the risk of cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachment.

Estimated to affect 1.5 billion people worldwide (22% of the population), Myopia is the most common eye problem.

What are the Symptoms?

Being able to see objects at close range, but distant and even mid range objects would be blurred.

What are the Causes?

Myopia is the name given when the image does not reach the retina and actually falls short of it (or in front of it). This happens when the eye is too long for the refractive and focusing power of the cornea and the lens. Light rays bend more than they should, so they focus in front of the retina.

What is the Diagnosis?

The optician’s prescriptions will show a minus sign before the number called ‘Sphere’ (eg -2.00D). The larger the number, the more shortsighted the eye and the further in front of the retina the image will fall.

What Treatments are available?

LASIK, LASEK, PRK, IntraLASIK, RLE. Your LaserVision consultant surgeon can expertly guide you through the best treatments for you. Each treatment has to be personalised to achieve the best results.

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