Why Myopia Management Matters
Myopia is an eye condition affecting over 30% of Canadians today. Also known as nearsightedness, this refractive error prevents people from seeing distant objects clearly. It exists when the eye changes shape, becoming longer than normal and altering the curvature of the cornea.
Myopia often occurs naturally and slowly, so identifying the condition early is the first line of defense.
The most obvious sign of nearsightedness is poor long-range vision. Problems seeing things at a distance are often linked to myopia. Nearsightedness can make watching TV or seeing the whiteboard at school a difficult task. If this is a problem for you or your child, it’s best to see one of our optometrists.
Causes of Nearsightedness
Myopia can be influenced by family history, as it does have hereditary tendencies. A heavy dose of near work (like staring at a computer) is widely considered to affect myopia. Understanding the length of the eye is a primary tool for assessing myopia. Regular eye exams are the best way to monitor your cornea and refractive abnormalities.