Myopia Awareness Week
By 2050, nearly half of the world will be myopic.
It affects our children and is often preventable.
Covid isolation hasn't helped. Neither does being indoors. Or extended screen time.
So what exactly is it?
And what can you do about it?
- You might know myopia better as being short-sighted - things are clearer up close than they are further away.
- Being very short-sighted can affect quality of life and increase the risk of further eye conditions so it's best to treat it early - or prevent it in the first place.
- Headaches, eye fatigue and needing to be closer to objects to see them are common indicators that suggest a visit to the optometrist is a good idea.
- If you haven't noticed any signs yet, ditch the screens, go outdoors and stretch your eyes - look at objects gradually further away from you (20 feet or 6 metres is a good start) and in different directions (like a figure 8).