The human body is an amazingly intricate machine. Its components parts are diverse and complex and absolutely necessary for life. One of the major components of the body that we all count on daily is our eyes. However, the eyes are prone to problems. One of these is related to refractive errors in the eye or how the eyes focus. A common refractive disease myopia or nearsightedness. This condition is extremely common throughout the world. In fact, in a recent study, this eye condition rose in the U.S. to over 40% of the population. What are the symptoms? People with myopia generally have difficulty distinguishing objects that are some distance away from them. This can be a major problem when driving or even playing sports like tennis. Other symptoms can include squinting, and even fatigue and headaches. This disease is not confined to any particular geographic area of the world it is common everywhere even in the middle East, Europe, and Asia. There are also cases of myopia in Singapore too as in other major urban centres.

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If you are experiencing any of the symptoms we have gone over here it would be a good idea to set an appointment to see an optometrist. If you live in an urban centre set an appointment with an eye clinic in Singapore or London or wherever you might live and have this condition looked at. It can be uncovered and pinpointed with a comprehensive eye examination. One interesting point about myopia is that many doctors feel that the increase in the number of people with it the direct cause of so much computer use. There are however other causes. Some cases can be the cause of a misaligned cornea or eye lens but these cases are less common than eye strain.

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Treatment for the condition requires nothing more complicated than being fitted for corrective glasses or contact lenses along with annual check-ups. There is, however, the more common use of refractive surgery on the eye to correct the problem. Refractive surgery is a surgical procedure that corrects not only myopia but other vision problems including astigmatism, far farsightedness, and presbyopia. It could also be a better option depending on your needs and your ability to wear glasses or contacts.

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There is also one last alternative, orthokeratology, and GP. These are nonsurgical procedures that involve rigid gas permeable contact lens that you only wear at night. Once the lens is removed in the morning your cornea temporarily retains the shape passed to your eye by the device while you slept. Both have been proven effective in correcting temporarily mild to moderate myopia. They are also excellent alternatives to surgery for those people who are either too young for LASIK or cannot have surgery for other reasons.