How To Treat Myopia

How To Treat Myopia

One of the most important blessings upon man is the blessing of the sight. With sight we are able to see everything around us, enjoy the beautiful views, contemplate and also distinguish the things around us. Some don’t really know its value unless for those who lost it and live in complete darkness.

Apart from being completely blind, they’re many other problems related to our vision. There is weak and lack of clear vision, deviation, colour blindness etc.

Myopia is the inability of seeing things clearly unless their close to your eyes also known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness. A person with myopia can see everything close to them clearly but distant objects appear blurred.


This is a form of visual impairment where the light focus falls right in front of the retina. Myopia occurs when the cornea is curved, making the image that is collected to not be as assumed. The image is collected in front of the retina and not on it – making it difficult to see well. Myopia usually occurs often in childhood, the condition may worsen in youth and stabilize.

Symptoms of myopia

  • Difficulty seeing while driving, most especially at night.
  • Headaches due to eyestrain.
  • Confronting the need to squint.
  • Exposure to blurry vision when trying to see from a distance.

The problem of short-sightedness often appears in childhood stages. Some of the symptoms that the child may be exposed to are:

  • The desire to rub eyes frequently.
  • Blinking eyes severely.
  • Inability to perceive objects at a distance.
  • Defying the need to sit next to the TV or in the front of the classroom.
  • Constantly suffering from misbehaviour.

Causes of myopia

  • People with myopia usually get it genetically. If someone in your family has myopia it is usually transmitted to you and other family members.
  • Scientific studies have proven that it is mostly severe in women than men.
  • Premature babies are likely to develop short-sightedness – especially babies with retinopathy.
  • Some inherited eye sickness increase short-sightedness.
  • There is a relationship between short-sightedness and frequent reading.

Myopia treatment

They’re two ways in which myopia can be treated. You can choose what suits you best. The first one is treatment through glasses or contact lenses. The treatment of myopia depends on factors such as age, profession, activities – through knowing these factors the appropriate glasses or lenses are given to you. Both of these methods are safe, less risky, effective and not costly.

The second treatment is by a surgical procedure called laser. This is a corneal graft process done by using laser. It has become very popular for its success and effectiveness in vision impairment. This laser procedure eliminates the use of glasses and contact lenses. However, it being a surgical procedure means it has risks just like any other surgery. Although when done successfully its results are guaranteed – from the moment the laser operation is done you will say goodbye to glasses and contact lenses forever. Isn’t that amazing? Read more on surgical procedure in Rwanda.

How to avoid myopia

They’re so many ways in which you can avoid myopia but when genetically transmitted from family it’s tough to dodge the infection. Watching TV so closely may cause myopia, most especially in children. In addition, sitting in front of a computer screen for long hours, reading with low lighting can make your vision quite poor.

In that case, people should avoid doing any of these things, rest enough and avoid straining or squinting their eyes.

How to take care of your eyes

You should take care of your eyes because prevention is better than treatment. Below are some tips that will help you preserve your vision from being weak and reaching a stage of needing glasses, contact lenes or LASIK procedure.

  • Visit ophthalmologist often and do vision examinations to ensure everything is okay.
  • Do not under estimate blurred vision or red eyes.
  • Do not stay up late – this will destroy all your means of taking care of your eyesight.
  • When reading or writing make sure there is enough lighting so you can see properly.
  • Protect your eyes from direct sunlight by wearing sunglasses.
  • Rest enough to remove stress, fatigue and tiredness.
  • Avoid sitting in front of the TV, computer or phone for long periods of time or in the dark.
  • Exercise regularly for good vision.
  • Some foods preserve good eye sight such as; meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and milk.

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