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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 Warsaw

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  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 23, 2024
I love the knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff. Best eye doctors in the area! Great for the w... hole family. All five of us go here for check ups, eye glasses, and contacts.
- Feb. 22, 2024
Everyone was super friendly and helpful. My kids had a great experience.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Overall positive experience. Friendly, felt like the apposite time was afforded to my appointment.
- Feb. 08, 2024
Friendly service, knowledgeable staff, quick service, great choice of products.
- Feb. 06, 2024
Warsaw Family Eyecare Doctors, Nurses, and Receptionists are very kind, caring, and knowledgeable. M... y sons’ eye doctors were fantastic with my children and really took the time to educate me on each of my son’s eyesight! Highly recommend!
- Jan. 30, 2024
The staff and professionals truly care about your well being and it shows in everything they do!
- Jan. 22, 2024
Great care!
- Jan. 16, 2024
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- Jan. 15, 2024
Friendly staff and Dr Temple takes the time to answer any questions you may have. Overall great expe... rience!
- Jan. 13, 2024
Absolutely wonderful place to go! The staff here is amazing.
- Jan. 06, 2024
Friendly staff, great customer service, and the Dr. Go above and beyond.
- Dec. 22, 2023
The staff is awesome and very helpful!!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Today was my first visit, and it certainly wasn't the last. The staff were all friendly, helpful, a... nd professional. This was the most thorough eye exam I've ever had. The technician who performed the first set of tests was so good, and he eased my anxiety. I asked the doctor several questions, which she answered with thorough knowledge and explanations. She explained everything she was doing and finding. Each exam step was explained in detail, and they showed me the screens and explained what I saw. The technician who helped me choose frames was so honest. I specifically asked for her honest opinion; she even asked another technician, who gave her view, and I appreciated the honest opinion. The frames to choose from are extensive—so many choices. This will be my place for all future eye exams.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Just a kind and patient place to go with kids!
- Dec. 08, 2023
Made this experience so easy for Balian & I. Balian truly loved going to get his eyes 👀 checked! ... 😊❤️
- Dec. 01, 2023
Great place for all your eye care needs. From doctors to staff they take the time to listen to you a... nd explain what is going on with your vision.
- Nov. 28, 2023
Great place for eye care
- Oct. 29, 2023
I have been a patient at Warsaw Family Eyecare for several years. They are skilled, wonderful peopl... e who efficiently meet my needs. Grateful for them in Warsaw!
- Oct. 04, 2023
Great care. Great service.
- Sep. 30, 2023
I continue to be extremely satisfied with the care and service I receive at Warsaw Family Eyecare. T... he eye doctor as well as all of the staff are very professional, helpful and reassuring. I have recommended several of my family members to this eye care facility and will continue to recommend others as opportunities arise. They are absolutely great!

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Warsaw Family Eyecare: 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 Warsaw Family Eyecare to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(574) 267-3515