May 25, 2012 Myopia is a fancy word to explain nearsightedness or short-sightedness. This means that the way the light comes in your eye is incorrect making things seem blurry, and you have trouble seeing far away. If you don’t want to wear contacts or glasses, there is an alternative myopia treatment called Lasik. Ortho-K is a new and popular myopia control technique with hard contacts. These are great because they actually slow the rate of myopia. Special eye-drops called atropine also seem to work well with myopia. Myopia is something that should be diagnosed as soon as possible because childhood myopia means that they could suffer both with education and social situations. If your child complains about not being able to see the blackboard at school or any signs on the road you definitely want to bring him to the eye doctor. You can also tell if they have this if they are holding a book unusually close to read. If one or both parents have myopia, there is an even greater risk of the child having it. There can be some very bad cases of nearsightedness called high myopia. A normal myopia measurement is usually from -1.00 to -4.00, a high myopia measurement tends to be -8.00 and up. It is especially important with these cases to seek treatment because there could be some serious consequences if not. Retinal detachment or degeneration can occur. This usually means that there is a tear or hole in the retina (tissue in back of the eye)which causes bleeding to cloud the eye. If you experience flashes of light, blurred vision, floaters in the eye (like little specks), or shadow or blindness in one eye, you will want to get it checked immediately. In order to have short-sightedness control, you might have to reduce your time of “near work.” Research has shown that people who do more things like reading and sewing, and less time doing outdoor things are more likely to have nearsighted vision.