Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects kids and adults alike. It’s a common condition we can often treat with glasses or corrective surgery. If you’re concerned about your vision or eye health, read on to discover if you may be nearsighted.
Myopia means you struggle to see things at a distance. It’s the opposite of hyperopia, or farsightedness, which is when someone finds it hard to see things up close.
Myopia occurs when the light entering your eye isn’t focused correctly. Rather than reaching the retina, the light focuses in front of it. This happens either because there’s a curve in your cornea or your eyeball is a little longer than normal. Some forms of myopia are more severe than others.
The most common symptom is blurred vision when you’re looking at objects in the distance. The object appears clear and normal when it’s only a few feet away. For nearsightedness in kids, the first sign is often that they’re struggling to read the classroom blackboard or projector screen. They might rub their eyes more often or blink a lot.
Other symptoms include:
You should see an eye specialist if you have any symptoms of myopia. Seek emergency care if you or your child develops any of the following symptoms:
These symptoms may suggest a more serious eye condition that requires urgent care.
We can diagnose myopia through a simple eye exam. Even if you don’t have any noticeable eye health problems, you should schedule regular eye exams to check for hidden conditions or subtle changes.
Book a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists if you suspect you or your child has myopia.
If you’re nearsighted, you’ll be offered glasses and/or contact lenses to correct your vision. It’s important you wear them to help you feel more comfortable.
Don’t want to wear glasses? You might be a candidate for eye surgery if you have myopia. Laser surgery corrects visual changes and usually means you won’t need glasses anymore.
Our ophthalmologists can help you decide if laser eye surgery is right for you.
Not on its own, no. However, your eyes tend to stop changing after your teenage years, so your prescription might not change much after this point. This isn’t always the case, though. Our expert ophthalmologists can give you more information.
Do you have myopia? At the George St Eye Centre, Sydney’s premier laser eye surgery, we offer a range of corrective treatments to improve nearsightedness. If you’re aged 18 or over, contact our expert team today to find out more about how we can help you live a life free from eye health problems.