Pseudomyopia - false nearsightedness

Almost everybody is acquainted with the notions of myopia (nearsightedness)  and hyperopia (farsightedness) but very few are aware of existence of false nearsightedness for which scientific term pseudomyopia is used.

Despite the concept of pseudomyopia was firstly described in the middle of 19th century and widely known in the beginning of 20th century current practice and medical literature trying to overlook it and push aside.

This practice is not at all accidental but is the direct consequence of influence of money which is earned on myopia progression by manufaturers of lenses and opticians.

For this condition of false nearsightedness except the term pseudomyopia some other terms are used in medical literature such as spasm of accommodation, accommodative excess, accoommodative spasm, spurious myopia and because of pain it can produce some authors even use the expression painful accommodation.

After expansion of refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, etc.) direct financial interest of eyecare professionals appeared majority of whom became not interested in preventing myopia but moreover in its development in order to force as many people as possible to undergo refractive surgery.

Impact of money on eye care professionals is clearly stated by the authors of the only one book ever written in Serbian language specially dedicated to refraction who as distinguished professors of Faculty of Medicine, Belgrade University stated:

“From day to day the development of civilization demands from our eyes increasingly more. From the computer at workplace till TV at thome the man must see clearly, without strain and, of course, without damage to the eyes. It is understandable that everybody has the wish  to see clearly, without strain but sometimes at any cost.

The fulfillment of these human needs are wholeheartedly offered  by the army of manufacturers of glasses and contact lenses, opticians and also ophthalmologists. Beside the wish to help the patient  all of them also find their own interest. The question is raised whether always everything is being done in the spirit of Hippocratic oath „I shall do everything in the best interest of the patient“ or in this there are some other interests. It is the task of ophthalmologists that, armed with knowledge and experience, protect not only the interest, but firstly the health of their patients.

Refractive surgery is often advertised as some kind of routine “cosmetic” intervention but all the risks are not fully disclosed to the patients. That’s why many lawsuits around the world were started with high amounts of damages awarded by the courts for this kind  of malpractice in cases of severe complications. Because of the quantity of patients who suffered damages from refractive surgery some law offices  specialized in this subject of litigation.

This practice of widespread mistreatment of eyes by overwhelming majority of eye practitioners dr Kaisu Viikari, Ph.D was strikingly explained with next words…

“The gleam of money in eyes blinds, if the intellect is lacking!”

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