Short-sightedness (Myopia)
Myopia is present when light entering the eye from an object we view does not focus exactly on the retina at the back of the eye but infront of it in the vitreous humor. Hence the images of distant objects over 2 metres away are out of focus.

  • Around 1 in 3 people in the UK have short-sightedness or myopia
    • - Mild myopia includes powers of up to -3.00 dioptres
    • - Moderate myopia includes powers of -3.00 to -6.00 dioptres
    • - High myopia is usually over -6.00 dioptres
  • Myopia can develop at any age, however it does have a tendency to start in childhood or teenage years.
  • Close work and reading can sometimes be undertaken without aids but driving a car or watching television is difficult.
  • Headaches, eyestrain and fatigue are common complaints about short-sightedness, especially after prolonged periods of certain visual tasks.

Causes of short-sightedness or Myopia

  • The eyeball growing too longduring development, 
  • The cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye) being more steeply curved than usual, resulting in a high "axial length"
  • The result is a mismatch between the length of the eye and its focussing power
  • Light rays do not reach the retina and images are not seen clearly
  • Myopia does run in families so it is thought to be partly genetic.
  • Studies show that environment is also an important factor (outdoor activity with regular distance vision targets)


Myopia is common and is seen in about a third of the British population to varying degrees. Approximately 5% of these are considered 'high myopes'.

The cornea, the clear window at the front of the eye, accounts for up to 80% of the focusing power of the eye. It is this part of the eye that can be altered through laser eye surgery to alter the refractive properties of the eye and thereby reduce the myopia in the eyes.

We at AccuVision offer specifically tailored  treatments for all degrees of myopia. We are able to correct short-sightedness up to -14.00 dioptres. See our treatment options for more details at AccuVision.

Please read through some of the testimonials of patients that have chosen AccuVision for their treatment of short-sightedness.


Is Laser Eye Corrective Surgery Right for You?

At AccuVision your safety and total satisfaction are paramount. Laser eye corrective surgery may not be suitable for everyone and a successful outcome is dependent on many factors which must be carefully considered and will be discussed with you so you are comfortable with every aspect of your laser eye surgery treatment plan.


Laser Eye Treatment and Eligibility

A number of factors will be assessed by our eyecare specialists at your initial consultation to determine your suitability for laser eye treatment.

Although the majority of people who come to us are eligible for treatment due to the high prescription levels we are able to treat, we may decline to treat you if the outcome cannot be accurately predicted or if laser eye surgery treatment is likely to cause complications to your sight. Your lifestyle and occupation may also be an important consideration and influence the appropriate laser eye treatment.

In general, the suitability of our laser eye treatment procedures for you depends on factors such as:

  • The degree of optical error
  • The thickness of your cornea
  • The existence or predisposition to any eye disease
  • The size of your pupil
  • Corneal mapping data
  • Wavefront analysis results

    Any systemic conditions that may influence the outcome. It is notable however that the above do not immediately discount the possiblity of laser eye treatment. It may require a more specific or tailored treatment plan and management to deliver you to your visual goals.

You should ideally be able to answer YES to the following:

  • Do you suffer from short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism?
  • Are you over 18 years old?
  • Has your prescription been stable for the last year?
  • Are your eyes healthy and free from any eye disease?
  • Would you rather not wear glasses or contacts on a permanent basis?

Please note that this is only intended as a general guide and there are always exceptions. Detailed analysis of your eligibility for treatment using laser eye corrective surgery can only be achieved at your consultation, but please call us if you wish to discuss the current condition of your eyes and their suitability for treatment on 0330 123 2020.