Myopia or nearsightedness is a condition of the eye where the individual is not able to see far distance things, but is quite clear in seeing things that are closer to the eye. So if you are having trouble reading hoardings, sign boards and other far-off objects but can read the newspaper or your novel without trouble, you are probably suffering from myopia.
HOW IS MYOPIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Myopia can be easily done by a regular eye check up with an ophthalmologist. During the check up patients may be asked to read the eye chart after dilating the pupil. The doctor may also examine your eye through a bright light.
HOW IS MYOPIA TREATED?
While a doctor normally suggests eyeglasses and contact lenses to treat Myopia, however, refractive surgery or laser surgery is a permanent form of correction for Myopia. In case of a laser surgery, the cornea is reshaped to focus light onto the retina. After getting this surgery, the patient no longer needs to wear contact lenses or eyeglasses.
DID YOU KNOW?
Myopia runs in families and usually appears in childhood. Sometimes the condition plateaus, or sometimes it worsens with age.