Diagnosis and Management of Short Sighted Vision
The term “short sighted” refers to nearsightedness, also known as blurry eyesight or myopia. With myopia, distance objects appear blurry and near objects clearer, hence the term “short sighted” and “shortsightedness”. An eye is considered short sighted when the optics of the eye are too strong for the length of the eye, causing images to focus in the media of the eye and not get back far enough to focus on the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye known as the retina. The longer the eyeball, the more short sighted the eye. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, laser vision surgery and orthokeratology (orthok) all reduce the effects of short sightedness by helping to weaken the overall power of the cornea, enabling the light to reach the back of the eye and focus on the retina.
Studies have demonstrated what methods have the best chance of stabilizing changing vision due to myopia. Overall, Orthokeratology (orthok) has been shown to have the greatest effect.. Orthokeratology is known as a c vision shaping treatment. OrthoK involves wearing orthokeratology lenses (ortho k lenses) during sleep, which gently reshape the surface of the cornea of the eye. Upon removal in the morning, clear vision is achieved which often lasts the entire day into the evening. These studies are referenced under our research library page.
Options such as OrthoK, cornea refractive therapy including paragon crt (vision shaping treatment) are particularly helpful when seeking to improve eyesight in children, and reduce change in vision , specifically myopia in children and may, in some cases reduce the risk of children with myopia advancing to high myopia.
If you are interested in managing your vision or the vision of a loved one with nearsightedness and concerned about vision changes, contact an eye doctor from our directory near you or read through our website to learn about other options for improving your eyesight.