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The Link Between High Myopia and Serious Eye Diseases

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Are You at Risk?

High myopia, often referred to as severe nearsightedness, is a condition characterized by a high degree of myopia, resulting in significant difficulty seeing distant objects. While myopia can pose challenges, individuals with high myopia face an increased risk of developing severe eye diseases that can lead to vision loss. Understanding the connection between high myopia and these eye conditions is crucial for early detection and intervention.

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Defining High Myopia

High myopia is typically diagnosed when a person's prescription exceeds -6.00 diopters. It often occurs when the eyeball becomes elongated, causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. This structural change sets high myopia apart from mild to moderate myopia.


Serious Eye Diseases Associated with High Myopia

  • Retinal Detachment

    High myopia significantly raises the risk of retinal detachment, a condition where the retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye, detaches from its normal position. This separation can lead to vision loss and requires immediate medical attention.

  • Retinal Tears and Holes

    High myopia can lead to the development of retinal tears or holes, which may be precursors to retinal detachment. These issues must be addressed promptly to prevent further complications.

  • Glaucoma

    Individuals with high myopia may face a higher risk of developing glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve and result in vision loss. Regular eye exams are crucial to monitor and manage this condition effectively.

  • Cataracts

    While not directly caused by high myopia, individuals with high myopia may experience an earlier onset of cataracts, which cloud the eye's natural lens and lead to decreased vision.

  • Myopic Macular Degeneration

    High myopia can contribute to the development of myopic macular degeneration, a condition affecting the central part of the retina (macula). This can lead to central vision loss, impacting one's ability to see fine details clearly.


Strategies to Reduce Your Risk of Serious Eye Conditions

While high myopia is associated with an increased risk of severe eye diseases, there are steps you can take to reduce this risk:

  • Get Regular Eye Exams

    Routine eye exams are essential for early detection and timely intervention. Your eye care professional can monitor the health of your eyes and address any emerging issues promptly.

  • Myopia Management

    If you or your child has high myopia, myopia management strategies, including orthokeratology (ortho-k) and low-dose atropine, can help slow the progression of myopia and reduce the associated risks.

  • A Healthy Lifestyle

    A balanced diet, regular outdoor time, proper exercise, and lifestyle choices that promote overall health can contribute to better eye health. This can reduce your long-term risk of severe eye conditions.

  • Protect Your Eyes

    If you engage in sports or activities that pose a risk to your eyes, consider protective eyewear to prevent injuries that could exacerbate eye issues.

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- Dec. 06, 2023
Dr. K is the best eye doctor I've seen in years! He was professional, funny, and addressed my concer... ns! Casey W. at the front desk was also wonderful, personable, and extremely knowledgeable about insurances which was a big help! Being able to schedule online is also easy and convenient!!!
- Feb. 15, 2023
I would like to share my wonderful experience with Eye Care Specialties on1/13/2023. I had my eyes c... hecked and needed new glasses and I received excellent service from Rachel Conger, who helped me find just the best frames for me and the lenses that I needed to suit my needs.. She is very knowledgeable about all her products and your services and very friendly and always willing and goes above and beyond to help me when I need help every time I stop by with a problem.. I have been a long time customer from here and have always been very satisfied with all your products and services… I would like to give Rachel a10+ on your scale of services because she is always willing to give 110% Thanks to all your great staff for their great work!!! 👍👍
- Sep. 22, 2021
A very professional team that provides excellent service.
- Sep. 11, 2021
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- Sep. 11, 2021
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- Aug. 18, 2021
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- Aug. 14, 2021
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- Aug. 11, 2021
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- Jul. 16, 2021
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- Jul. 13, 2021
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- Jun. 30, 2021
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- Jun. 19, 2021
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- Apr. 13, 2021
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EyeCare Specialties - Sylvania: Your First Line of Defence Against High Myopia

The link between high myopia and serious eye diseases underscores the importance of proactive eye care. If you have high myopia or a family history of the condition, regular eye exams and discussions with your eye care professional are vital to safeguard your vision and reduce the associated risks.

Contact EyeCare Specialties - Sylvania to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

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