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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 Centennial

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- Apr. 15, 2024
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- Mar. 26, 2024
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- Mar. 24, 2024
EyeCare Consultants provide a complete service from eye health to glasses. All employees are helpful... and pleasant to work with.
- Mar. 20, 2024
Went for our regular check up. Staff is friendly and courteous. Dr.Alevras gives you good time and d... iscuss your condition and explain next action plans and care needed. Have been with them from past 7+ years and highly recommend them.
- Mar. 06, 2024
Very happy with my eye exam and contact lense suggestion.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Dr. Barley was amazing! Best experience I’ve had at an eye doctor!
- Feb. 14, 2024
Dr. Lipscomb and staff were so kind and nice to me. Dr. Lipscomb thoroughly explained things to me a... nd made me feel very comfortable! I am very excited this is my primary eye care doctor place now!
- Jan. 27, 2024
Very competent, optometrist and staff and very thorough eye exam.
- Jan. 09, 2024
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- Jan. 03, 2024
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- Dec. 30, 2023
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- Dec. 24, 2023
Would recommend Dr. Lipscomb and the staff at EyeCare Consultants to everyone.
- Dec. 20, 2023
Dr. Barkey was wonderful to work with and really listened to me-thank you!
- Dec. 17, 2023
The staff were all professional, friendly and kind ! Dr. Lipscomb was great and he listened patientl... y and answered all our concerns . Overall great experience the visit, choosing eyewear and receiving it all went really well , thank you !
- Dec. 09, 2023
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- Dec. 04, 2023
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- Dec. 01, 2023
Wonderful customer service from the minute you walk through the door to when you leave.
- Nov. 29, 2023
Staff was kind, knowledgeable, and efficient. Dr. Barkey was intelligent and easy to trust. Can’t ... recommend highly enough.
- Nov. 08, 2023
Dr.Barkey was so informative and kind. She made sure I felt comfortable by walking me through each s... tep of the exam. She double checked my contact lenses to ensure comfort. Couldn’t recommend her enough!
- Oct. 14, 2023
Great attitude and service by all staff

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EyeCare Consultants: 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 Consultants 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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