Myopia is an eye condition where an individual cannot see well in the distance, it is often referred to as short-sightedness. Myopia generally occurs due to an increase in eye size/length, it is much more likely to occur if one or both of your parents are also myopic. Myopia is also more prevalent in individuals with Asian heritage. Myopia can progressively worsen in children and teenagers until their mid 20’s. Although a myopic person’s vision can be corrected with glasses and/or contact lenses, high myopia can be associated with severe eye health problems. These eye diseases include, myopic maculopathy, retinal detachment, cataract and glaucoma. An appropriate management plan performed in a timely manner is crucial.
Treatment of progressive myopia may include the use of spectacles, specialised soft contact lenses, orthokeratology (ortho-K) rigid contact lenses or atropine eye drops therapy. Our optometrists also approach myopia control in a holistic manner and will provide lifestyle advice and counselling for patients and their family members. Extensive studies have proven these methods to slow and sometimes stop the progression of myopia, with the aim of preventing myopia related eye disease.