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What Is Short Sight (Myopia)?


Myopia is the medical term for the eye condition better known as short sightedness. If you are only able to see things clearly at a distance with the help of vision aids, then you are short sighted. People with myopia are able to see objects close to them clearly; it is only when objects are far away that problems occur.

The blurring of vision associated with myopia is caused by the shape of the eyeball, which causes images to focus inside the eye rather than on the retina at the back of the eye. Typically, those who suffer from myopia have an eyeball that is too long or a cornea that is too steep.

On the other hand, if you experience blurring of vision when objects are nearby, you are likely to be long sighted. You may also be astigmatic if you suffer from the inability to see clearly. If you are having difficulty understanding your eye test or diagnosis, our eye prescription explanation page could help.

Myopia treatments

The degree to which myopia affects your vision is unique to each person, so choosing the best treatment should be the result of a consultation with an optometrist.

Treatments for myopia include:

  • Laser Eye Surgery
  • Lens Replacement
  • Glasses
  • Contact Lenses

Laser eye surgery and myopia

Anyone suffering from myopia and looking for a way to enjoy a life free from the hassle of glasses or contact lenses could find that laser eye surgery is the ideal solution. There are several types of high-tech treatments for laser eye surgery, including LASIK and LASEK treatments.

At Optical Express, we invest in the most sophisticated laser eye surgery technology and we are completely committed to providing the highest standards of care for all our laser eye surgery patients, making us an excellent choice for anyone hoping to treat their myopia in this way.

If you’d like to find out more about treating your myopia with laser surgery, book a free laser eye surgery consultation. Your friendly surgeon will carry out a number of eye tests to determine the severity of your myopia, your suitability for treatment and the health of your eyes.

Myopia surgery, recovery and costs

If you decide to treat your myopia with laser eye surgery, you’ll find that the recovery time is typically very short. Most patients are able to return to work within 48 hours and will experience improvements to their myopia immediately.

Financing your myopia treatments needn’t be cause for concern or a reason for not seeking treatment, have a look at our cost and financing options or give us a call to book an appointment and discuss your treatment options.

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