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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 Owosso

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  • Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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- Apr. 13, 2024
Friendly, professional staff!
- Apr. 05, 2024
Friendly staff clean business
- Mar. 31, 2024
Excellent eye care
- Mar. 08, 2024
They are quick and give great service and are friendly I recommend anyone to go there.
- Mar. 07, 2024
Great place to get eyewear
- Feb. 25, 2024
Staff is very friendly and helpful!
- Feb. 24, 2024
I love coming to the Owosso office at Advanced Eye. The doctors and staff are friendly, efficient a... nd very helpful. Things run smoothly and on time. They’re great at making you feel important and helpful picking frames that suit your face and personality. I highly recommend this office to anyone wanting to feel good about their eye care and eye wear!
- Feb. 23, 2024
Absolutely the best eye care place! The staff is very helpful, friendly and informed. Great service ... and selection of eye glssses!
- Feb. 18, 2024
Dr. Billy and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. The office is clean and comforta... ble. They have a great selection of frames.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Great place for all your eyecare needs. Staff and Drs are always friendly!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Excellent customer service and support! The staff worked extremely well together. I loved the extr... a support they gave me in choosing new frames. This is normally an agonizing decision for me, but they made it fun and easy!! I will definitely recommend to others.
- Dec. 26, 2023
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- Nov. 13, 2023
Best eye care center that I’ve ever been to.
- Oct. 12, 2023
I was waited on upon my arrival and was treated with respect
- Sep. 30, 2023
Highly recommend!
- Aug. 29, 2023
Awesome place
- Aug. 22, 2023
Friendly, knowledgeable doctors and staff!
- Aug. 22, 2023
Advanced Eye Care did a wonderful job taking care of both my wife and me. They were very friendly an... d helpful. The Dr. was very thorough and explained things clearly. We will certainly continue our eye care with them.
- Jun. 30, 2023
Haven't been to them in 11 years. Returned 6/27/23. Everyone was very nice, and I've already got a c... all that my glasses are in.
- Jun. 06, 2023
Highly recommend for their above and beyond service! I have been going here for my eye care for a f... ew years now and they are always so nice and accommodating. Today they helped me fix and issue with glasses that I got way too long ago that were still bothering me. Rather than telling me sorry, too late, they went out of their way to make sure I ended up with something comfortable that I will wear instead.

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Advanced Eyecare & Contact Lens Center - Owosso: 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 Advanced Eyecare & Contact Lens Center - Owosso 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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