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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 Oakville

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Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 19, 2024
Very courteous and knowledgeable
- Mar. 28, 2024
Don is the best!!!!
- Mar. 23, 2024
Dr. Altenbernd was very professional and I felt that she addressed my needs more than adequately. N... ikki was extremely helpful teaching me how to put in and take out soft contact lenses, being very patient with me. She also was instrumental in me getting the lenses that were most comfortable to me. Never making me feel like I was a hassle for her. I would recommend this Crown Vision Center in Oakville MO
- Mar. 09, 2024
From the doctor to the salesman the experience was smooth and easy. I highly recommend this location... and company!
- Feb. 21, 2024
The are great and always take care of there customers
- Feb. 20, 2024
The staff are wonderful! They all are very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful people.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Always go here. Always happy
- Jan. 25, 2024
My experience with Crown Vision was amazing. Nikki was super helpful in suggesting frames that were ... a good fit and shape based on my preferences and was extremely thorough in talking me through the lens options. I will recommend Crown to everyone I know.
- Jan. 24, 2024
Don, the manager at this location, goes above and beyond in every situation. I can't say enough pos... itive things about him and his staff. You're in good hands with Don and his employees!
- Jan. 02, 2024
Absolutely hands down the best staff. Holly was wonderful. And Don was very patient w my daughter �... ��
- Oct. 16, 2023
Excellent job and care
- Sep. 23, 2023
Excellent, caring management and support staff. I'd recommend this location for all vision service n... eeds.
- Sep. 03, 2023
The staff are amazing!! I truly appreciate their customer service. They made me feel better after br... eaking both pairs of glasses.. no questions asked just straight service and help!
- Aug. 06, 2023
The people at the Oakville Crown Vision are amazing! They make sure that you are a very satisfied cu... stomer, they are very knowledgeable of their job and always greet you with a smile
- Jun. 02, 2023
Great office and staff. Really have enjoyed every interaction I’ve had at this location.
- May. 22, 2023
The lady that helped me with my glasses was very knowledgeable and the sweetest lady ever
- Apr. 29, 2023
friendly, professional and compassionate staff. Dr Altenbernd is great!
- Apr. 23, 2023
Nikki, Emily, and Don were awesome on the frontline of the service! Dr. Wira gets my recommendation ... 100 percent!
- Mar. 30, 2023
Christina is great. Very caring and professional
- Mar. 14, 2023
Very friendly and welcoming. Staff and Dr! Will gladly return!

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Crown Vision Center - Oakville: 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 Crown Vision Center - Oakville 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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