What is short-sightedness?

Short-sightedness, also known as myopia, affects the ability to see objects that are far away. It is most often caused by the eye continuing to grow past its optimum size, which is why the condition usually begins during puberty and worsens with age. Short-sightedness can be usually be managed with glasses or contact lenses.

If patients want a more permanent solution to their near-sightedness then there are various options available. Laser treatment is a quick and easy procedure, which removes small parts of the cornea to correct vision but is usually only suitable for patients up to middle age.

Alternatively refractive lens surgery is a successful procedure to correct short-sightedness, please see our treatment page for further information.