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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 Wylie

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Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 19, 2024
Always a great experience.
- Mar. 06, 2024
The staff was friendly and inviting. The staff and DR were friendly. I think I was the last patie... nt of the day, but got great treatment.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Sherri took great care of me, she was always very attentive to what I needed and always helped me wi... th my concerns and problems that arose. 5⭐️
- Dec. 09, 2023
I was ver impressed. 1 person made me feel uncomfortable. The rest rocked!
- Nov. 23, 2023
Friendly Doctor and staff, good scheduling process and reminders for appointments. Highly recommend....
- Oct. 20, 2023
Great
- Sep. 16, 2023
It was excellent.
- Jul. 14, 2023
Great Dr. and Staff. Highly recommend.
- Jul. 12, 2023
Dr. Gandhi and his staff were great - competent, thorough, and friendly. I left feeling like I got... the best possible eye care. This was my first visit and I will certainly return next year.
- May. 08, 2023
Everybody at Modern Eye Care goes above and beyond to make you feel welcomed and the service is outs... tanding. Dr Gandhi is awesome and takes care of your needs.
- May. 01, 2023
Dr. Gandhi and the staff are exceptional! They constantly provide professional/high quality services... to their clients. I would also like to mention Sherry, extraordinary customer service!
- Mar. 13, 2023
The staff is very friendly and helpful. When I picked up my glasses, the lady remembered me. Plus, m... y glasses came in very quick, it took less than a week. I was very pleased with my experience there.
- Feb. 10, 2023
Friendly, professional and knowledgeable customer service. Doctor does not rush in consultation, tak... es his time to answer any questions and takes care of his patients. Great selection of glasses and contacts brands.
- Feb. 06, 2023
Modern Eye Care is a great optometrist office. The staff is so nice and getting an appointment was s... mooth and easy. The technology the office uses was cool, they are able to take a photo of the back of the eye and no puff of air! Dr. Gandhi is thorough and explained things to me in ways that made sense. My glasses and prescription sunglasses were actually less than I’m used to paying at LensCrafters and Visionworks which I did not expect from a doctor’s office.
- Dec. 31, 2022
Probably one of the best places around to go to for your eye care needs. The entire staff was great
- Oct. 28, 2022
Great customer service and patient care!!!
- Oct. 08, 2022
Had a great experience here . Staff is friendly . The doctor fixed my eye issues and took time to li... sten.
- Sep. 01, 2022
Very friendly and helpful staff!!!
- Aug. 25, 2022
This place is great. The doctor is amazing too! I was getting my eye examination every year in diffe... rent commercial branches and they always gave generic examinations, but this doctor took his time to see my eyes and found I had some type of allergic reaction and that was why I got dry eyes and other symptoms and diligently gave me the reason and solution to handle it. Plus, eyeglasses’ lens and so high quality. This is the place forget about everything else.
- Aug. 25, 2022
Great place and nice staff. Would recommend 🙂

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Modern Eye Care: 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 Modern Eye Care to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(972) 442-2250