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Improving short-sightedness with Christopher Nixon Optometrists

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Published at 3:56pm 14th August 2018. (Updated at 4:11pm 14th August 2018)

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By the year 2050, up to half the world's population could be short-sighted. However, a new lens on the market can help control the condition and Christopher Nixon Optometrists in Starbeck are here to tell us more.

Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a very common condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly. An estimated 1 in 3 suffer with it and in children, it's beginning to appear earlier than ever before.

 Possible Causes

  • Genetics - If you don't have any short-sightedness amidst your parents, the risk is 1 in 5 and that rises to 1 in 3 if one parent suffers, or 1 in 2 if both have myopia.
  • Screens - The amount of time we now spend in front of a screen, whether that be a computer at work, tablet or simply your smart phone, all play a part in weakening eyesight.
  • Poor Lighting - Attempting to read in a dimly lit area is never good for your eyes.  You have to get the balance right.
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Screen time reducing eyesight

MiSight

Contact lens manufacturer "CooperVision," whom Christopher Nixon Optometrists use, have produced a new lens called "MiSight." The lens is designed to control the growth of the eyeball, so it reduces the rate of change of the axial length of the eye and that is the driving force when it comes to short-sightedness worsening.

You can learn more about this new technology by listening to Stray FM's Ben Franklin chatting to Giles at Christopher Nixon Optometrists.

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