How can Myopia be Treated?

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Last Updated on Sep 24, 2014
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How can Myopia be Treated?

Eyeglasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery are the primary treatment options for correcting myopia.

Eyeglasses/Contact Lenses-

Myopia is best treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses which compensate for the elongated shape of the eye allowing the light to focus properly on the retina.

Surgical Operations-

Refractive surgery is another option which can reduce or even eliminate the dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The most common procedures are performed using an excimer laser.

Uses of Eximer Laser-

  • Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most commonly performed refractive procedure. A flap is cut through the top of the cornea and the laser removes some corneal tissue and then the flap is dropped back into place.
  • In photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, the laser removes a layer of the corneal tissue, which flattens the cornea and allows light rays to focus on the retina.
  • Orthokeratology- In this procedure, one has to wear special retainer contact lenses that slowly reshape the cornea to correct your myopia over a period of time. Depending on your eyes, these contact lenses may need to be worn only at night. Orthokeratology is controversial in the eye-care community. Some doctors find that the effects do not last very long.
  • Implantation- This is the latest procedure for correcting early or mild myopia. It is the implantation of plastic corneal rings, which alter the shape of the cornea. An advantage of the rings is that they may be removed in case of a problem, adjusted or can be left in place permanently.

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My daughter is myopic(-1&-7.5). Should she wear glasses throughout the day or only while watching TV? When can she start wearing contacts(she is going to be 19 soon)?


she should wear her glasses right through the day or get lenses, because lenses, you dont have to take off any thing, unlike glasses


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-5.50 -.50 10
Sir, I am a 20 year college student. My power s constantly increasing. Doctors say that power should remain constant by this time. Is there any cure for that I could be free of my specks..or any kind of surgery? Is there any problem because of this constant increase? I have no aother ailment

Kindly suggest the best possible surgical treatmnent for my eyes so that there are no furthur problems.

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Sir, I've determined to correct the vision of both my eyes. The satus of the same is mentioned above. I'm an healthy male with no co-existing disease what-so-ever & aged 37 & half. Kindly suggest me the best possible surgical treatement for both my eyes & what can be the cost & duration of recovery.

I would recommend to try natural therapy at your nearest center as it has no side effects and is 100% risk free.


my daughter is 12 years old she suffer from miopia diseases. Now the glases number are -7.5
my daughter cound not stay a day without of cocolat and eat very much salt before. is good for her to eat cocolat every day and do you think can be a didases that cause the miopia to my daughter. thank you

This is not due to any intake problem. Firstly is there a family history of poor vision? Secondly at that age the best prescribed opinion for you would be natural therapy.


my son is 4yrs old..and suffering from myopia...i want to know how to correct his eye condition by any ways other than using glasses as he is not at such a age to wear glasses properly...

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