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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.


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- Feb. 14, 2024
I have always received excellent care at Marsh, Eye Center. And even better, I genuinely feel apprec... iated and valued as a patient and customer. Everyone from the doctors, the front desk staff, to the opticians are warm, friendly, and professional.
- Jan. 10, 2024
Prompt and friendly service by the front desk, technicians, and doctor. I did not feel rushed and al... l of my questions were answered thoroughly.
- Jan. 05, 2024
Highly skilled team!
- Dec. 31, 2023
Super nice people, we’ve been customers of Marsh for the last 20 years.
- Nov. 08, 2023
Excellent quality
- Nov. 03, 2023
Professional, friendly and caring staff!
- Oct. 05, 2023
Always professional and very helpful
- Sep. 29, 2023
We love Marsh Eye Center! They have taken care of our entire family for many years. Highly recommend... !
- Sep. 03, 2023
The staff at Marsh Eye Center is very professional and helpful. Excellent experience there. Thank ... you.
- Jul. 27, 2023
Dr. Anthony Cortez was awesome and the staff was super helpful. Definitely recommend
- Jun. 15, 2023
Professional, Clean environment, Friendly staff, Low wait time. Dr. Ayomide Osibanjo was informative... on my care, good listener, and kind.
- Jun. 13, 2023
Great eye care, been going here since I was a kid and the service has only gotten better! Kendyl was... fantastic and knew what she was talking about. The receptionists were very attentive. The doctor was very knowledgeable and walked three everything she was seeing.
- Jun. 05, 2023
The entire staff was incredibly friendly and personable. I enjoyed the frame buying experience as we... ll. 😊
- May. 12, 2023
Great eye care & excellent service!! Kendyl did a great job helping me pick out frames. It's like sh... e knew what styles I liked & she helped me find just the right frames to try on. Dr. Green provided amazing care & explanations. Definitely get the high tech eye photo & skip the dilation!! Awesome vision care office!!!
- Apr. 22, 2023
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- Apr. 20, 2023
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- Apr. 07, 2023
Everyone was friendly & professional
- Mar. 24, 2023
Ty Davis was extremely pleasant and helpful. She was such a joy to work with for my son's glasses!
- Mar. 20, 2023
Outstanding customer service
- Jan. 26, 2023
Dr. Carol Marsh is knowledgeable, professional which lends to a thorough and complete examination.

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Marsh Eye Center: 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 Marsh Eye Center 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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