Myopia is one of the most common vision problems in the world. At least 25% of the population in Italy has myopia, and the number keeps rising. By 2050, half of the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) could be myopic. Why tolerate it when an experienced eye surgeon like Dr. Appiotti can correct it?
Myopia is a type of refractive error (ametropia) that occurs when our eyes cannot focus on distant objects. Light rays do not focus on the retina but in front of it making distant objects look blurry.
Myopia usually runs in the family. However, it may also be caused by prolonged eye strain such as reading in dim light or holding a text up close.
People with myopia have good near vision and poor distance vision.
The degree of myopia is described in terms of the optical power of the lenses needed to correct the vision problem. This power is measured in diopters.
Based on its degree of severity, myopia may be classified as follows: mild myopia up to -3.00 diopters; moderate myopia up to -6.00 diopters; and high myopia over -6.00 diopters with cases of pathological myopia over -25.00, -30.00 diopters.
Myopia is traditionally corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Glasses are the most common and easiest to use type of eyewear to treat myopia. However, they inevitably cause aberrations in higher-powered prescriptions. The higher the optical power of the lens, the smaller objects will appear. Additionally, objects will appear clear only in the central part of the lens due to the distortion caused by the edges of the lens itself.
Contact lenses have their cons too. They require care and cannot be worn for long periods of time as this increases the risk of allergies and infections.
Refractive surgery is currently the most reliable and effective answer to treat myopia.
Refractive surgery changes the refractive power (optical power) of the cornea by reshaping its curvature, thereby allowing images to focus on the retinal surface (in-focus image).
Dr. Appiotti can boast over 30 years of experience and tens of thousands of satisfied patients. He is a recognized authority on the treatment of myopia with tailor-made laser and surgical procedures.
The choice of the best suited laser treatment must always start with a thorough eye exam. The patient’s personal or professional goals should also play a role. This is how an eye surgeon can offer tailor-made solutions to their patients.