London, Nov. 20 (Reuters): Optometrists who have been under-correcting short-sightedness when prescribing glasses or contact lenses could be doing more harm than good, a science magazine said today.
New research by an optometrist at the Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge, England, has shown that the current practice of under- correcting short-sightedness, or myopia, could make vision worse.
“Millions of people worldwide may have worse eyesight and even be more likely to go blind because of a long-held but misguided idea about how to correct short-sightedness,” according to the magazine.
Optometrist Daniel O’Leary, who compared treatments for myopia, cut short a study of children in Malaysia after he discovered under-correcting was damaging their eyes.
“The study was meant to run for three years but after two years, when we found out we were making the children’s eyes worse, we had to stop it prematurely,” he told the weekly science magazine.
“Short-sighted people need to know it’s not the thing to do,” O’Leary said.