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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.


Myopia Management in Westside

Our optometry practice in Westside

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Patient Reviews
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- May. 20, 2024
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- May. 20, 2024
Broderick is very professional and provides great customer service, thank you for all you do!
- May. 09, 2024
Stephanie and Dr.Lye are great very patient and willing to do what works for both of my kids.
- May. 06, 2024
Extremely helpful and very knowledgeable and taking the time to work with the deaf person
- Apr. 02, 2024
love this place, best experience I have had in years. clean, everyone so nice, professional. awesome... team. love my new glasses.
- Feb. 25, 2024
Very professional.
- Feb. 23, 2024
All the staff are very friendly and helpful. Dr. Ly very patience with me and helping me to try out ... and pick the most suitable contact lenses for me.
- Feb. 20, 2024
Iโ€™ve been going to this place for 15 years and itโ€™s always a great experience. Doctors are great... , assistants are great, products are great, everyone is always so nice and helpful. I will be a patient of this place for the rest of my life.
- Feb. 19, 2024
Great Customer Service
- Feb. 07, 2024
Amazing staff, wonderful service and best prescription - most accurate - Iโ€™ve ever received. Iโ€™m... thrilled.
- Jan. 27, 2024
Very positive experience with my exam. My optometrist provided various options from driving glasses... to mono-vision contact lens options.
- Dec. 04, 2023
They are friendly and very Eyewear. The selections are awesome too!
- Nov. 18, 2023
I recently had an exam with my daughter at the Westchase location. Dr Ly provided us with so much in... formation and she was very nice. We loved their selection of frames! Great experience.
- Oct. 16, 2023
Dr. Holbrook was very good. Explained all of my test results. The staff was very professional and ac... commodating.
- Oct. 09, 2023
Very Professional staff and operation.
- Sep. 16, 2023
The staff is friendly, courteous, and professional!
- Sep. 10, 2023
Very friendly staff and willing to help in any way that they can.
- Sep. 02, 2023
Inviting environment and appreciate the financial transparency in the exam portion. Only thing I wou... ld ask is that I received a more thorough walk through of my final invoice for glasses and also to go over my benefit amounts before starting to pick eyewear. Overall a great experience and would come again for the fast experience .
- Aug. 07, 2023
They do a great job with both kids and adults. My 11 year old enjoyed his visit. Staff was able to t... ell me our insurance benefits upfront and integrate that information into selecting frames and lenses that would not cost an arm and a leg.
- Jul. 26, 2023
I love Memorial Eye Care. Dr. Kim To and her staff are the best. They gave me the best care and made... sure I had everything I needed. Iโ€™m glad I choose Memorial Eye Care. I definitely recommend them to anyone who is struggling with their eyesight! Theyโ€™re truly the best ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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Memorial Eye Center - Westchase: 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 Memorial Eye Center - Westchase to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(281) 496-3937