Short Sightedness has Reached Epidemic Levels
Myopia or short sightedness is rising throughout the world. The most pronounced rise is in China and Korea where over 90% of teenagers suffer with the condition. In Europe and America, almost half of young adults are affected. Current thinking estimates that 2.5 billion people suffer with short sight.
The reasons for this are still being researched. For around a hundred years the science has pointed to long study sessions, and given that the average Asian child spends 14 hours a week on homework, one may feel this argument has merit.
However, recent studies have shown this not to be the case. All the evidence points to the amount of time spent outside. The more time spent out of the house, regardless of what you are doing, the less chances of developing myopia. This seems to be the case whether you are revising for an exam or playing football.
Scientists are a little divided as to why this is the case. Some believe it is the exposure to bright light, others believe it is because you see objects which are further away. Regardless of the scientific debate, spending time outside is a real boost for your eyesight.
Why am I Short Sighted?
Myopia is caused by an elongated eyeball shape or a steeply curved cornea. This changes the paths of the light rays to focus slightly in front of your retina when you look at objects in the distance. In turn, this makes them appear blurry. Glasses and contact lenses refocus the rays to meet on your retina.
Extreme myopia leads to an increased chance of developing other eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment, and in some extreme cases blindness. In Asia, it is believed that 20% of university aged people will develop some form of irreversible vision loss.
Surgery to Correct Myopia at AVC
Over the years our laser eye surgeons have developed techniques to help you if you suffer with short sightedness. During laser surgery, the lasers reshape your cornea which, in turn, refocuses the light rays on your retina. This brings distance objects into focus.
Laser surgery has several advantages over wearing spectacles and contact lenses, and is more cost effective overall. Other advantages are that you cannot lose or break your laser surgery like you can spectacles, and you cannot forget to take out your laser surgery unlike contact lenses.
As laser eye surgery is not something you need to insert from time to time, the chances of infection are zero after you make a full recovery.
AVC has a second to none success rate at treating myopia, and given the risks and inconveniences of wearing glasses and contact lenses, the best option is to have your vision corrected though eye surgery.
Find Out How AVC Can Treat Your Myopia
If you have would like to find out more about laser eye surgery at Advanced Vision Care, then why not call AVC TODAY on 0800 652 4878 and request your free information pack or book your consultation and say goodbye to your short sightedness today.