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How is Myopia Diagnosed?

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Myopia or more commonly known, shortsightedness, is a common eye condition that affects around one-third of people in the UK. You may be wondering what the signs of myopia are and how exactly your optician will diagnose this common eye condition. Here we have explained what you can expect from an appointment with your local optician if you think you might be myopic.

Signs of myopia


For parents you may notice your child doing the following:

  • Squinting regularly
  • Sitting closer to television screens and finding they need to be sat close to the front of the classroom
  • They are unaware of objects at a distant
  • Blink excessively
  • Rubbing their eyes excessively

If you or your child is experiencing any of these symptoms and you suspect you have myopia, book an appointment with your local optician for a routine eye test.

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The diagnosis of myopia

Since myopia comes under a group of conditions known as ‘refractive errors’ your optician will carry out an eye test which will include a refraction assessment. During a refraction test or assessment, your optician will ask you to look through several different lenses, testing which provides you with the best vision, whilst looking at a chart of numbers, letters, and/or pictures. This will determine which refractive error you are experiencing, thus being able to offer you a diagnosis for your symptoms.

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What happens after being diagnosed with myopia?

After you have been diagnosed with myopia, they will prescribe a pair of lenses that are most suited to correcting this refractive error. 

For children diagnosed with myopia, Essilor’s Stellest™ lens provides the perfect solution to not only correct your child’s myopia but also manage its progression. Despite all parents wanting the very best for their children, a diagnosis of myopia can lead to a permanent change to your children’s vision and can have an impact on their daily life.

With the creation of the Stellest™ lens, we have worked to offer parents and children a lens that is both practical, safe, and simple for managing the progression of myopia. In fact, on average, this lens will slow down myopia progression by 67% compared to a single vision lens! Giving you control over your child’s diagnosis. 

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