Common questions and answers: What is myopia? Myopia is short sight, when the eye focuses up close but not clearly for distance. What are the risks of myopia? Myopia can increase the risk of damage to the eye How do we become myopic? The current theories include an adaption to spending too much time focussing intently close up, such as studying, working or just playing games on our phones (sorry - yes this can be true!) What can I do about myopia? Come and see us, we'll look after your eyes. But first, please don't worry. Evidence shows that myopia can be slowed down, there are now glasses, day wear contact lenses and overnight contact lens (Ortho-K) treatment options available. There are also eye drops, but these are not yet on the horizon in the UK, or the EU. Tips include spending time outdoors, perhaps 2 hours on average per day (even in the Great British Winter!), read more here. How do I go about getting help for myself or my family? Choose a specialist you can trust to care for the eyes of those you love. If that's us we'd be delighted to see you for an initial consultation and advice on the options best suited to your individual needs. These appointments can be booked online here or by calling 0117 965 4434 or 0117 962 2474. If you have any other questions we'd love to hear from you. Just write to us at MyopiaMatters@turnersopticians.co.uk Take care and we hope to see you in our clinic soon.