Myopia (Near Sight)
What is Myopia?
have myopia if you can focus close to without help but you need
glasses for driving, Watching TV or to read a blackboard. Your eyeballs
are longer than normal so you cannot focus far away.
Why do I have Myopia?
Some families are more prone to myopia than others.
If you have a family history of myopia and you do a lot of close
work (like reading in bed) then your eyes will change thier shape
and grow longer. They will get better at close work but will no
longer be able to focus in the distance. Doing close work using
your prescription distance glasses will tend to make myopia get
What can I do about Myopia?
Use Trayner pinhole glasses (without your
prescription lenses) to help you to focus farther away than you
normally can for half an hour or more each evening before bed. For
some this will be watching TV for others reading a book held farther
away than you can usually focus. This will help to leave your eyes
relaxed overnight. If you can use weaker than normal prescription
glasses most of the day (ask for a reading prescription) your eyes
will remain more relaxed more of the time, speeding their recovery.
ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PRESCRIPTION DISTANCE GLASSES
©Peter Duthie 2000
'Maggie Gold, 53, from West Hampstead, London, is
a partner in a property development company and has been using the
pinhole glasses for more than five years. Last year an optician
told her that she no longer needed to wear spectacles as her eyesight
has returned to a healthy 20/20 vision.' She says: "I began wearing
the alternative glasses when I was doing close work or reading a
book as my vision was blurring over. I already had short sightedness
and astigmatism and had been wearing glasses for 20 years.''
Daily Mail (1/07/97) - 'Pinhole glasses put my eyesight back into