Myopia, Your Vision and Available Treatments in Melbourne

Myopia, also known as short-sighted vision, is a common eye condition where objects close to you are clear but distant ones appear blurry. Short-sightedness commonly begins in childhood or adolescence and typically gets worse going into adulthood. It’s the most common cause of vision impairment among those under 40.

NewVision Clinics helps patients in Melbourne treat myopia with laser eye surgery. Below, we look at short-sightedness, common symptoms and available myopia treatment options.

What Causes Myopia?

Your eyes work by focusing images on your retina. Myopia is a refractive error, meaning the shape of your eyes causes light to refract incorrectly so that images focus in front of your retina instead of on it. Short-sightedness is common and linked to genetics and children have a higher risk of developing the condition if one or both parents have short-sighted vision. Myopia progresses with age before stabilising during the late teens or early adulthood. In many cases, children with myopia need to frequently change their prescription glasses.

Symptoms of Short Sightedness

Symptoms of short-sightedness (myopia) commonly include:

  • Blurry vision when looking at faraway objects
  • Needing to squint or partially close the eyelids to see properly
  • Headaches and eye strains
  • Needing to sit closer to screens
  • Blinking excessively
  • Difficulty seeing when driving, particularly at night

Myopia Treatment

Myopia treatment is designed to help you focus on distant objects whilst also slowing the progression of myopia and its possible complications. Prescription glasses and contact lenses are commonly used to compensate for short-sighted vision, meanwhile, laser eye surgery (LASIK or PRK) can be used to reshape your cornea. This can reduce or eliminate your need to use glasses or contact lenses. Laser eye surgery is only suitable for adults over 18 with a stable refraction.

Find Out More About Myopia Treatment in Melbourne

If you’re considering myopia treatment to improve short-sighted vision, book an v consultation with NewVision Clinics in Melbourne to see if it’s a suitable option for your unique circumstances. Contact us today.