Short sightedness is a very common eye condition. Also known as myopia or near-sightedness, it affects up to one in three people at some point in their lives. The good news is, it’s easy to treat.
Read on to find out how to correct short sightedness and the factors to consider when deciding which treatment option may be best for you.
To understand the treatments for short sightedness, we’ll start with some basic information about how the eye processes light.
In a healthy eye, light enters the eye and is focused at the back of the retina, which then sends signals to the brain that are interpreted as an image. In a short-sighted patient, however, the light rays do not meet in the correct place. When light enters the eye of a short sighted person, the rays fall short of the retina and instead focus in front of it. This causes distorted or blurry vision, particularly when looking at distant objects.
In order to correct vision in a short sighted patient, the light rays need to be redirected so that they focus in the right place.
This can be done in several ways, including:
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As outlined above, there are several different options open to patients with myopia. So, which treatment should you choose? Every patient is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
When deciding how to correct short sightedness, here are some considerations to bear in mind:
Whatever decision you make, there are lots of resources available to help inform your choice. See our information on how to correct short sightedness with laser eye surgery or lens implant surgery to understand more about the possible surgical options.
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