Myopia or short sightedness is a common vision problem worldwide. The occurrence of myopia has greatly increased from the 70s to the new millennium. It is important to note that myopia in Singapore is a grave concern, and for a reason.
A study conducted by the Australian National University in 2012 showed that about 90% of kids and young adults of Asian descent are nearsighted. The problem is highly noticeable among school-aged children living in the urban areas of East Asian countries like China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore.
· The Myopia Capital of the World
The Lion City is regarded as the myopia capital of the world. No country in the world is more serious to contain the sweeping myopia problem than Singapore. According to the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), 80% of Singaporean children are set to develop near-sightedness by the age of 18. Hence, there is a looming problem.
· Myopia Treatments in Singapore
Are you seeing objects nearby clearly but having difficulty seeing them from afar? That is an indication you have myopia. What you are experiencing may be the result of the cornea being too curved for your eyeball’s length or your eyes’ lens is thicker than the average.
Do not be anxious because there are treatment options available for you.
· Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
Wearing glasses or contact lenses prescribed by an eye care professional is the most common treatment for myopia. Eyeglasses are basically curved lenses that can refocus light rays onto your retina. Contact lenses remain rested on your eyes to correct refractive error in the same manner as eyeglasses do.
· Lasik Surgery
Lasik surgery is a modern treatment of myopia. It is a type of refractive surgery that involves the removal of the tissue from your cornea’s interior layers. The surgeon will cut a section of your cornea’s outer space, fold it back to expose your inner cornea. The success rate of Lasik surgery is nearly 100%.
· Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Surgery
The PRK is the first type of refractive surgery to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness as well as astigmatism. Although it is a laser surgery, the recovery period is longer, compared to the Lasik procedure. The surgery also reshapes your cornea to allow the light enter your eye to be properly directed onto the retina for clearer vision.
Lasik surgery is thus far the most popular and efficient laser eye procedure to cure myopia in Singapore. Be sure to consult an eye expert first before deciding on any treatment or operative procedure. But the best advice is to have an eye exam now as a preventive measure. Do not wait for the lights to dim.