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Progressive Short Sighntedness - Myopia

Description of Progressive Short Sighntedness - Myopia

Myopia or short sight usually comes on in the early teenage years as the body starts to grow and involves an increase in the growth of the length of the eyeball. This progressive growth of the eyeball continues until all physical growth stops and is usually completed in the early twenties. For this reason, laser surgery to correct myopia is not advisable until this progressive stage is completed.

Symptoms of Progressive Short Sighntedness - Myopia

The term "short sight" means that objects can be seen clearly at short distances and distant objects become blurred. As this condition usually starts in the early teens, difficulty seeing the blackboard in school from the back of the class or squinting of the eyes to see the TV more clearly are some of the common signs of early myopia which becomes worse as it progresses into early adult life.

Treatment of Progressive Short Sighntedness - Myopia

It is strongly recommended that parents and teachers of adolescent children watch out for the symptoms and signs outlined above. If observed, children with suspected myopia should be immediately referred to an optometrist or ophthalmologist, where following a sight test, appropriate glasses can be prescribed. Failure to do this can lead to persistent headaches and serious eye strain with resultant difficulties in educational achievement. In the progressive form of myopia where new glasses of greater strength must frequently be prescribed, gas permeable contact lenses are recommended and these can slow down the progression if worn daily. Recently, more sophisticated contact lenses made from newer plastic materials have been developed. Specially fitted to the eyes, these lenses can be worn while asleep and can reverse the myopia allowing normal unassisted vision during waking hours. Known as Orthokeratology, this has been done in the US for a number of years and is more recently available in Ireland.