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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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- Jul. 12, 2024
I received a thorough eye exam, and it was taken care of by a friendly, caring staff
- Jun. 21, 2024
They are an awesome team! Lindsey provides excellent customer service and we never feel rushed. Dr. ... Marr provided us with an in depth eye exam and explained eye health concerns. He is very detailed and thorough. They are all so friendly with a great sense of humor (sorry I don't remember everyone's name).
- Jun. 06, 2024
Dr Marr is fabulous. Staff is friendly, prompt, and thorough.
- Jun. 03, 2024
Just wanted to say thank you for a great eye experience. Candid, honest, compassionate and very fun!... From scheduling to my appointment to ordering. I will be back and will highly recommend.
- May. 29, 2024
This was a clean and efficient office. The medical equipment was modern and the staff and eye docto... r (Kyle) were friendly and exceptionally easy to work with.
- May. 23, 2024
I moved over to Insight Vision Center for my eye care May 2024 and I was quite pleased. I told my w... ife & she just saw them as well. I would recommend Dr Marr.
- May. 22, 2024
Highly recommend! Dr. Marr was thorough in his testing and assessment. The glasses I received per ... his prescription was spot-on. Super-friendly staff and ease of scheduling made the experience even better. If you're looking for a new vision-provider, you should definitely put these folks at the top of your list. Right off K-10 and Woodland, they're easily accessible.
- May. 17, 2024
Love this insight location in Lenexa. Doctor is the best and staff is great.
- May. 11, 2024
Dr. Marr provided excellent care and was very professional. Took time to explain different options ... and had a great recommendation for me. The staff in the office were very polite and got me an appointment that same day. I give them 6 stars!!
- May. 11, 2024
Knowledgeable staff in a friendly no pressure environment
- May. 04, 2024
Very friendly staff! I feel like they always take the time to ease any worries or concerns with my v... ision and explain things in a way that makes sense to me.
- May. 02, 2024
The second you walk in the door, Lindsay and the office staff are willing to help in any way possibl... e to Dr. Marr's quality and beneficial eye exam, it's just always a great experience!
- Apr. 23, 2024
I highly recommend Insight Vision Center (Lenexa). The staff is very respectful, and the Dr Kyle Maa... r is very knowledgeable and kind.
- Apr. 01, 2024
Great staff. Very responsive. Dr. Marr goes above and beyond.
- Mar. 11, 2024
I have been going to Insight Vision Center for several years now. I love the care I receive from the... entire staff. The team there is efficient and work with patients to give them the best care possible. I especially like that I can purchase glasses where I received my exam. Thanks, Insight team!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Quality eye care. Very professional and understanding about all eye care needs.
- Jan. 27, 2024
Staff is always friendly and helpful. Dr. Marr does a great job of explaining options and educating ... on benefits/risks of these choices to treat dry eyes.
- Jan. 12, 2024
Great and at staff and top notch treatment.
- Jan. 01, 2024
Lindsey and team are awesome! Dr Marr is super personable! Highly recommend.
- Dec. 01, 2023
Great and fun staff, caring and detailed Dr. Marr and a last minute appointment before Thanksgiving....

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Insight Vision Center - Lenexa: 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 Insight Vision Center - Lenexa 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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