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Myth Busting Myopia

10 Myopia Myths Debunked

Myopia, commonly known as short-sightedness (or near-sightedness), is a vision condition where individuals can see nearby objects clearly but have difficulty in seeing distant objects which appear blurry. There are several myths and misconceptions about myopia. Here we dispel some of the most common myths.

Myth 1.

Myopia can be ‘cured’

Fact: Myopia cannot be cured, but it can be managed and corrected using glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. No treatment can reverse myopia once it has developed because the eyeball length cannot be reduced or shortened.

However, using proper myopia management methods can also help by slowing down and even possibly halting the progression of short-sightedness.

Myth 2.

Myopia is not a serious condition

Fact: Myopia is the leading cause of distance refractive error (correctable poor vision), and uncorrected refractive error causes 21% of blindness in the world.

Myopia may seem innocuous, but it can lead to other significant eye problems, such as cataracts, myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. That is why it’s crucial to address myopia and manage it appropriately.

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Myth 3.

Wearing glasses or contact lenses makes myopia worse.

Fact: Glasses and contact lenses correct myopia and enable clearer vision and do not worsen it. Properly prescribed lenses can help reduce eye strain and prevent further complications like eye fatigue.

In fact, research provides plenty of evidence that using a pair of glasses that is weaker than needed, or simply not wearing them enough can be a trigger to the myopia progressing.

Myth 4.

Wearing ‘normal’ glasses or contact lenses is just as good for myopia control

Fact: Conventional contacts and glasses will correct the underlying visual defects (allow you to see clearer) but will have no positive impact on slowing down the progression of myopia. Recent innovations mean that there are now myopia lenses for glasses and myopia contact lenses available which are specifically designed to control the progression of myopia.

At Hammond Opticians, we are very experienced in this field, and we offer myopia lenses for glasses and myopia control contact lenses.

Myth 5.

Myopia will stabilise on its own

Fact: Myopia can stabilise for some individuals as they get older, but it can also continue to progress throughout life. This is why regular eye examinations are so important.

Factors, such as genetics, ethnicity and age of onset (of myopia), all influence how likely it is that myopia will stop progressing. Read more about myopia management.

Children's eye health and myopia

Myth 6.

Spending more time outdoors prevents myopia

Fact: There is some evidence that spending time outdoors may reduce the risk of developing myopia in children, but it may not prevent myopia entirely. Additionally, there is less evidence to support its impact on slowing down myopia once it has started, where genetics seem to play a more significant role.

Remember, all forms of prolonged close visual tasks including reading & screen use can increase the likelihood of onset and progression of myopia.

Myth 7.

There is nothing you can do to slow myopia progression

Fact: While myopia progression cannot be reversed, there are several treatments and strategies that can help slow it down. These include Night Lenses (Ortho-K), Day contact lenses and special glasses for myopia control.

There is also no evidence to support the claims that performing eye exercises will reverse myopia. This is because myopia is due to elongation of the eye and not due to any muscle imbalance.

Myth 8.

Myopia only affects children

Fact: Myopia can develop at any age, although it usually starts presenting itself in young children and progresses during adolescence and even into adulthood. Regular eye exams are essential to monitor changes in vision and prescription.

Myth 9.

Contact lenses are dangerous for children

Contact lenses for children
  • Contact lenses are easy to use and are safe. There are numerous benefits for children and teenagers who wear contact lenses, such as improving their vision, increasing their self-confidence and enabling them to participate in sporting and performance activities in and out of school.
  • Contact lenses can have a very high safety profile when they are worn correctly and under correct supervision of a qualified contact lens practitioner. For younger children, parental supervision and support can help provide increased levels of safety.
  • Our regular and expert monitoring means that we can reduce the risk of any potential complications, and the use of Myopia Management contact lenses will correct your child’s vision, and help to slow the process of eyeball growth, with the aim of reducing how short-sighted (myopic) they eventually become.

Myth 10.

A standard eye test is enough for myopia control

Kids eye tests

Managing myopia in children requires some specialised skills and additional equipment.

Your optometrist should have further qualifications in myopia control and have the correct equipment to measure and monitor the (axial) length of your child’s eyes as well as the corneal curvature. These measurements are vitally important in identifying the type of myopia and provide the gold standard in monitoring the success of treatment.

It’s important to rely on accurate information about myopia and early intervention and regular eye exams are key to maintaining good eye health.

If you or your child has myopia, consult an eye care professional who specialises in myopia control, for a personalized assessment and management plan.

If you would like to find out more please contact us.

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