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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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- Apr. 17, 2024
The EyeCare Center Bellevue is absolutely amazing with a world class admin team. I had a complex cas... e with my special type of contact lenses and Annabelle Scott really went out of her way and persisted to resolve the issue, while also giving me a smooth customer experience. Her relentless pursuit and knowledge made the difference in getting my accurate scleral contact lenses. The doctors and admin staff are very knowledgeable and will do everything to support you, with an explanation every step of the way. This was my 2nd time doing my annual exam here, and I will be coming back!
- Apr. 11, 2024
Christian (hopefully I got his name right) was freaking amazing. His customer service is on another ... level. He was super patient and explained everything to us. If you visiting this place, i highly recommend asking for Christian if you want outstanding customer service.
- Nov. 14, 2023
Recently moved to Bellevue and had to start looking for a new place for my annual eye checkup. Found... this place and I have no complaints about them. Dr. Jones and her staff were very friendly and patient. Dr. Jones educated me the difference between the contact lens brands and helped me save a little more on the contacts. Lots of parking spots in front of the building.
- Jun. 29, 2023
Was worried about blurriness in my left eye. They got me in within a few days. Dr. Lindberg did va... rious procedures to determine a little progression of pre-cataracts but not glaucoma or macular degeneration. Very confident in Dr. Lindberg and he has a pleasant, reassuring manner. Thanks!
- Jun. 02, 2023
Dr. Kwong is a great and patient doctor. I’ve been seeing her for over 5 years and have always had... positive experiences with her and her assistant.
- Jun. 01, 2023
I’ve been coming to the eye care center for many many years, and I couldn’t even think of going ... anywhere else. They take such good care of you from the minute you walk in, all the way to meeting the doctor and the staff is fabulous I highly recommend them.
- May. 19, 2023
Great staff. Atmosphere is very tranquil and they got me in within just minutes of my appointment ti... me. Five out of five stars.
- May. 17, 2023
Professional, positive and very helpful.
- May. 05, 2023
Thorough, easy, friendly, clean. 10/10 Highly recommend.
- May. 03, 2023
Wonderful experience from start to finish. I highly recommend this very professional and extremely p... ersonable optometrist office. They really go above and beyond. I never feel pressured to purchase frames or services. They care about my needs over trying to make a sale, and in this day and age that is amazing!
- May. 01, 2023
Friendly, professional, glad to have found this place
- Apr. 29, 2023
Very good care, friendly and warm, would recommend my friends and family to the Eyecare Center. Look... ing forward to many years of being apart of this center.
- Apr. 26, 2023
Dr Jones was so lovely with my daughter, and patient to explain the exams to us.
- Apr. 25, 2023
I've been a patient of The Eyecare Center for 30 years. The doctors and staff are true pros and use ... the latest tech to track the health of my eyes. Highly recommended.
- Apr. 20, 2023
Peofessional and well service.
- Apr. 19, 2023
I've been going here since I was a child. Now my children experience the high level of care I've bee... n blessed to have. I've always been in good hands with folks who care about our eyes in a authentic and beautiful way.
- Apr. 11, 2023
They got me in quick because of eye problem and answered all my questions.
- Apr. 09, 2023
Every staff is very nice and professional!
- Apr. 08, 2023
Happy ro have been referred. I'm actually texting this after using Vuity drops for the first time an... d...without needing my glasses! This office provides great customer care.
- Apr. 07, 2023
Dr Lindberg is absolutely awesome and has helped me navigate complicated eye care decisions with eas... e.

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The Eyecare Center: 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 The Eyecare Center 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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