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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 Fredericksburg

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- Apr. 19, 2024
Great service. Took me in shortly after I arrived and reported in.. Everyone was kind and profession... al. Would recommend them to my family and friends.
- Apr. 18, 2024
I was a new and unannounced patient. My contact had split and part of it was stuck in my eye. They l... et me right in and took care of everything. Very professional and very skilled both by all the staff and the provider.
- Apr. 17, 2024
My child needed an emergency appointment for something on her eye. The staff were compassionate and ... went out of the way to help us. She received the best care! Dr treated her quickly and kindly; explained everything and we both left feeling relieved (and better). Absolutely wonderful experience.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great Dr. very thorough and easy to talk to. Explains everything.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great doctor and highly recommended to anyone!
- Apr. 12, 2024
A great experience as always. Receptionist was great, Dr Church was very professional and figured ou... t my problem. Check out was very helpful. Definitely recommend!
- Apr. 12, 2024
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- Apr. 09, 2024
Dr. Tsai is always so thorough. She is caring and always taken care of my families vision needs. I w... on't go anywhere else! We think she is amazing!
- Apr. 09, 2024
Dr. Church is the best! He is always very friendly, attentive to my needs and thorough with his exa... m. The office staff is very friendly, and the office is always clean and looks nice.
- Apr. 08, 2024
Always a great visit with Dr. Tsai and her optical group
- Apr. 03, 2024
I love this office! My kids and I have been going to Premier Eyecare for several years and Dr. Chur... ch is the best! A couple of years ago we moved over an hour away and still come back for our exams and eye care. It’s always a positive experience, staff are amazing, and everyone works well with my kids including my daughter who has special needs.
- Mar. 29, 2024
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- Mar. 27, 2024
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- Mar. 25, 2024
Great service Dr. Lambertson is truly great in what see does.
- Mar. 20, 2024
Everyone today at Premier eyecare from the receptionist that checked me in, to the technician that ... took me back to the office, and to Dr. Church were extremely positive, pleasant, and helpful. Dr. Church was very helpful and invested in researching the answers to the questions that I had. This is a very good office
- Mar. 15, 2024
Dr. Church and his staff are the best! I felt heard, seen and valued as a 1st time customer!
- Mar. 13, 2024
Everybody here is very professional as well as personable. I enjoy coming here and the glasses they ... made for me have dealt with my double vision issues much better than those I had gotten somewhere else.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Dr Tsai and Taylor always give the best care to our family and always listen to our concerns/needs. ... Rhonda , I believe that was our technician’s name in the ocular department, did a great job helping me narrow down the right pair of glasses out of the tons I picked. She didn’t make me feel rushed and helped answer all my insurance coverage questions.
- Mar. 08, 2024
very friendly staff and thorough exam.
- Mar. 06, 2024
I love Dr. Church. I feel he listens to me, answers my questions and has my eyesight as his top prio... rity.

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Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates: 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 Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates 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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