Myopia treatment options
The most common treatment for myopia is glasses. The dioptres are the numbers used to measure the power of the refractive error. With myopia the dioptres are negative. A minus lens will ensure that the light rays fall exactly on the retina, giving you clearer vision.
Depending on the severity of your myopia, you may only need to wear glasses for driving or walking.
The thickness of the lenses may vary according to the strength of your prescription; however, there are various options to ensure the thickness and weight of your glasses remains as light as possible.
Another form of treatment for myopia is contact lenses. There are a lot of different options available. Based on your ocular health and your needs, an optometrist will advise you accordingly. Contact lenses come in a variety of styles and lengths of wear, from daily disposables to reusable lenses (the latter require daily cleaning and can be worn for up to two weeks or as long as one month, depending on the type).
Some people find contact lenses hard to use, or experience difficulty putting them in, but usually lenses just take a bit of getting used to. Some people simply prefer glasses. Contact lenses can also be an option for your child, depending on age, maturity and responsibility. Your optometrist will advise the best option. For contact lens wearers it is important to also have at least one pair of glasses available, as there is a maximum number of hours that the lenses can be worn.
Laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery is another choice for treating myopia. Some say it is a myopia cure, it is not a 100% cure, but a long term treatment. All surgeries vary in recovery time and are never a cure-all
Other types of surgery, including implants or more complex surgery, may be suitable for patients needing high myopia treatment.
It is important to schedule an appointment with your optometrist or ophthalmologist to discuss which options are most suitable for your situation.