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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 East

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Patient Reviews
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- May. 26, 2024
I have been going here for several years and I am very happy with them
- May. 16, 2024
I came in today to Eyecare Specialties and the service was amazing! Leslie Ramirez was extremely hel... pful helping me find the perfect fit for my frames. I am extremely happy with the service she provided to me. I am definitely coming back next year for my next aye exam. Thank you Leslie Ramirez!
- May. 13, 2024
(Translated by Google) Excellent service, my son's glasses turned out very nice, you can see that th... ey work with pure professionals. (Original) Excelente atención los Lentes de mi hijo le quedaron muy bonitos se nota que trabajan puros profesionales.
- May. 09, 2024
Like te service!!
- May. 07, 2024
We have been going with them for about 10 yrs and its always a good experience coming here
- May. 05, 2024
Awesome experience
- Apr. 08, 2024
The staff are very friendly and helpful. Dr. Kruglet was very thorough and now my contacts are more ... comfortable to wear!!
- Mar. 19, 2024
This place is great, very thorough eye exam, non pretentious environment with a knowledgeable and he... lpful staff. Tony was super helpful with choosing the right lenses.
- Feb. 29, 2024
Dr. Amanda, Josh and the front desk ladies were all awesome. My exam was quick and Josh even helped ... adjust the glasses I already had so they didn’t fall off my tiny head!
- Feb. 23, 2024
Great and friendly people, very accommodating, and simply an awesome experience!
- Feb. 11, 2024
I’ve been here 3 times in the past 5 months. Once for eye exam and twice for medical issues with a... n eye (black eye skiing, scratched eye). All times staff was accommodating, friendly and patient. Wait times were reasonable and quick.
- Feb. 10, 2024
Just sharing my experience with what was called "One Hour Optical". During my time in Denver, CO. fr... om 1997 till 2019. This business which at the time had a contract with the VAMC to help veterans with exams and glasses for free. Got two pairs of glasses from them which was a pleasant experience until I moved to Minnesota in 2019. The Minneapolis VAMC has their own eye clinic and eyeglass store in the hospital itself. I like that arrangement better. But, I liked the employees at this business during my time in Denver, CO. Edit: A reply to the owner's comment. Thank you for the sentiment, but I am in Minnesota now and can't "see you soon". Lol.
- Feb. 07, 2024
The exam was very thorough, and the cost of all the proceedings was outlined before -- whether it wa... s already covered by my insurance, or it would be an extra cost. And I had the option to postpone anything that would incur in extra cost. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.
- Jan. 31, 2024
Dr Benjamin was so amazing. One of the best eye appointments I have had in years. The staff at this ... location were also accommodating and professional.
- Jan. 23, 2024
great experience. Wonderful staff. nice selection and good budget options.
- Jan. 20, 2024
So greatful for this place! They are so kind and saw my sister urgently on a Saturday. She has an ex... tensive surgical history to one of her eyes and they did not hesitate to fit her in and make sure she wasn't experiencing a retinal detachment again. Thank you all so much!
- Jan. 16, 2024
Great place to get glasses
- Dec. 26, 2023
Excellent service and price
- Dec. 20, 2023
Great people, and they saved my left eye. I had a retinal tear, and they saw me within 24 hours of m... e calling them, and they directed me to the right people to fix it. Very grateful.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Staff was kind and helpful and Dr. Riggs was great! It was easy to make an appointment online and no... snags once I was in the office.

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

(303) 757-6747