Myopia or shortsightedness refers to the eye condition that can view the closer objects clearly, and distant objects cannot be seen clearly. The focus point is placed in front of the retina, resulting in the distant objects' blurred vision. It is corrected with the help of lenses, glasses, or refractive surgery.

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Why does my daughter who is already using glasses have increase in power within months?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter, who is around 11 years old, uses glasses of power -3 and 0.5 cylinders, but recently the optician said that her power has increased to -4.5 and cylinder to 2.5. What could be the reason for this sudden increase in power? Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. There is a significant increase in the power than the previous power within months interval, possibly due to a condition called progressive myopia. I would suggest getting an eye check-up from an ophthalmologist. Thank you.  Read Full »

Objects appear small when I try to visualize them through one eye. What is the reason for my diminished vision?

Query: Hi doctor,Objects appear small when I try to visualize through one eye. My other eye appears normal. Spherical power in the right eye is 2.00 D and left eye is 1.00 D. Cylindrical power in the right eye is 0.75 D and left eye is 1.25 D. Axis in the right eye is 0.66 D and left eye is 114 D. Addition...  Read Full »

Dr. M Anjali Shelbi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to are myopic for distance vision. During the age of 40 years, our eye muscles fail to accommodate and lose their power. So, it would help if you use a lens. This difference will not cause objects to appear smaller when looking through one eye only but remain of the same s...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with myopia. Should I go for under-correction glasses or peripheral vision management?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 5-year-old daughter who will be attending kindergarten this year. I have taken her to two different optometrists, who have indicated that she has myopia (both eyes are around -3 dioptres to -3.5 dioptres). My daughter has been reading books for hours everyday day since she was...  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your confusion. Your daughter has myopia, so it should always be undercorrected. So there is no question of giving a full prescription, and as she is very small, there is no need for bifocal as she would not be able to adjust. Whenever she is reading, sh...  Read Full »

I am wearing spectacles for myopia in my left eye. Will it affect my right eye?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. I got to know a few days before that I had myopia in my left eye of 1 dioptre. I have already started using the spectacles. Will it affect my right eye? What is the natural way of healing it?  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is no natural way to heal it as you are already 22 years old. It can heal naturally in children below eight years if they wear spectacles constantly. Your left eye myopia will not affect your right eye, so do not worry as there is no problem with using spectacl...  Read Full »

Is it safe for me to undergo LASIK surgery after getting diagnosed with a lamellar macular hole?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to undergo LASIK surgery for myopia in my eyes. I went to the first hospital to do a pre-examination for LASIK surgery, but I failed the exam because they found that I have a retinal disease called lamellar macular hole and epimacular membrane. So the doctor did not recommend th...  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and seen the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your right eye has a lamellar macular hole which can progress to a full-thickness macular hole in some years, so you must undergo retinal surgery. You can undergo LASI...  Read Full »

Is it possible to decrease the eye's axial length by 0.2 mm for a military medical test?

Query: Hello doctor, For a military medical test, I want to decrease the axial length of my eye by 0.2 mm. Can the axial length of the eye be decreased by 0.2 mm temporarily just for an eye checkup? I had myopia, but I got a LASIK done, so now I have a perfect vision.  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hi,Welcome to length cannot be decreased. However, if you are contemplating temporarily correcting your refractive error, then Ortho-K (orthokeratology) lenses are worth a try. They are worn overnight, and refractive error is corrected. But you have to use them every night.0.2 mm cha...  Read Full »

My eyesight is getting worse and doctors say myopia cannot be cured. Is it true?

Query: Hello doctor,Before two years, my eyesight was perfect. But during that time only because of me using phone late night it started declining and now its R= >-2.25, L = >-2.00. I used '>' because I am currently not able to see that clearly with my current glasses. Within the span of three yea...  Read Full »

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Adolescent myopia is a condition that we come across in ophthalmology, and it is considered physiological, but specific approaches should be maintained and other pathologies to be excluded such as disorders in the macula that might be mimicking myopia. The first step...  Read Full »

Will cataract and myopia get stable with time?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old and I am in the computer field and have myopia (-10) and cataract in both eyes, will it get stable with time or are there any chances that I can go blind. I am in depression thinking about I might go blind.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I will first of all say that myopia is correctable and cataracts are curable, so there is no need to worry about blindness as long as you are attending your follow ups regularly. You have mentioned that your power is -10 but I want to ask you how much your vision is wit...  Read Full »

What are the chances of child having myopia if one parent has the same?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an eye power of -4 in both the eyes since school days. We are expecting our first child. Are there chances of similar eye problem in our child?  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are having myopia of -4 dioptres in both the eyes since school days. The treatment for this condition includes: Use of spectacles. Use of contact lenses Laser refractive surgeries like LASIK. Refractive errors of more than -6 dioptres is called patholog...  Read Full »

I am watching electronic device for a long time. Can it cause brain tumor?

Query: Hi doctor, I have myopia with an eye power of -5. In this pandemic, I am working for six to seven hours on electronic devices. I have mild headaches on and off. It comes and goes on its own at any time. I also have drowsiness and sometimes, I also have heaviness in my head with a problem of sligh...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to People having longer screen time face this problem. It can be simple fatigue like an eye muscle strain. You need to take small breaks during your screen work and remind yourself to blink also. While having longer screen time, your blinking rate gets decreased and it...  Read Full »

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