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  • Do you struggle to read road signs while driving?
  • Do you often fail to recognise people in the distance since they appear blurry?
  • Do you have to squint or screw up your eyes to see things in the distance and often suffer from headaches?

You might not realise it, but you could have myopia. Myopia, commonly called short-sightedness, is an eye condition in which light is focused in front of the retina, resulting in blurred vision. The cornea either curves too steeply or the eyeball is too long. People with myopia can often see objects clearly at a short distance (reading a book, scrolling through their phones), but struggle to see distant objects clearly.

Most of us have a genetic predisposition for the onset of myopia – a fact we cannot change. For instance, if one parent is myopic, the child is three times more likely to have myopia. If both parents are myopic, that risk factor doubles to six times.

However, in recent years we have seen a sharp jump in the number of people developing myopia. Children and adults are spending long hours indoors with prolonged periods spent reading or using devices like phones, laptops and tablets.

In 2010, 30% of the world’s population was myopic. However, by 2050, 50% of the world will be myopic, out of which 10% will have high myopia, which is associated with increased risks of eye disease.

A simple eye examination will reveal whether or not you are short-sighted. Although there is currently no cure for myopia, recent studies show that myopia-control contact lenses, specialised spectacle lenses and even eye drops can reduce the risk of progression.

Now more than ever, it is very important to try to stop the progression of myopia, especially in young children. This can be done by adopting better lifestyle habits and also through specialised spectacle lenses and contact lenses. Contact The Eye Scene to get your eyes tested and see how we can help you.