BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.1035 (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1035

Confusing myopia with hypermetropia is dangerous

  1. Martin Barnes (martin_barnes@doctors.org.uk), Senior house officer in ophthalmology,
  2. Tom Eke, consultant ophthalmologist
  1. Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW
  2. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich NR4 7UZ
  3. Inonu University, Turgut özal Medical Centre, 44300, Malatya, Turkey

    EDITOR—The front cover of the BMJ on 18 May 2002 included an important error. Above the headline, “Myopia: does reading damage your eyes?” was a photograph of a man and boy with hypermetropia, the opposite condition. Hypermetropia, or long sightedness, is corrected by spectacles with convex (magnifying) lenses that make the eyes appear larger, as shown in the photograph. By contrast, myopia (near sightedness) is corrected by concave lenses, which make the eyes appear smaller.

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    Figure 1 of the article itself showed a girl wearing myopic spectacles, though the degree of myopia was only modest, about −2 D and certainly not the high (pathological) myopia referred to in the …

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