Glasses are regarded as unattractive by many people, who search out alternative means of vision correction, one expert has noted.
There are many other difficulties associated with wearing them on a day to day basis, including carrying them around and the discomfort associated with them resting on the bridge of the nose, said Tony Veverka, chief executive at Ultralase.
"People with high prescriptions find specs unattractive, inconvenient, and uncomfortable, and are therefore very interested in developments which give them a new option," he explained.
The expert added that, as a result, there are new treatments being developed to address eye problems, including laser, intra-ocular lens and corneal implant procedures.
Recently, Dr John Phillips and Dr Nicola Anstice, researchers in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland, developed a dual-focus soft contact lens which they claim may slow the progression of myopia, particularly in younger people.
by Adrian Galbreth