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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 Tucson

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- Feb. 06, 2024
The optometrist and all staff are super nice, detail-oriented, and helpful; I feel well taken care o... f each appointment!
- Jan. 25, 2024
Dr Martin and his staff are great at taking care of our family’s needs.
- Jan. 03, 2024
“Best glasses I’ve ever had. I can’t stop smiling” I’m happy we chose Clear View.
- Jan. 03, 2024
Dr. Martin is the best! Recommend him to everyone I love & care about!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Great staff. Great selection of eyeware. Dr. Martin truly cares about your eye health.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Dr Martin and his staff are very thorough and take the time to answer my questions. I've been a pati... ent in his practice for many years and appreciate his use of top of the line technology to provide the best diagnostics. Thanks!
- Dec. 06, 2023
I was in and out of my eye exam shortly. I never felt rushed when picking out frames and the gal tha... t helped me made it very fun - I’ve never had glasses before! The doctor gave me straight up info about my eyes which I appreciated. I got to look at all the diagrams of my eyes which was super cool! Great visit 10/10
- Oct. 27, 2023
Dr. Martin and his staff are professional but also offer personal caring that you just don't see at ... other eye businesses
- Oct. 21, 2023
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- Oct. 17, 2023
Everyone was friendly and professional, and the service was way above par.
- Sep. 29, 2023
Everyone was nice friendly and helpful!
- Sep. 26, 2023
Fantastic experience.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Excellent as always . Highly recommend Dr Martin
- Sep. 18, 2023
I have been going to Dr Martin for several years and this year he identified a potential problem wit... h my eyes. I am only 42 and this issue is normally something that comes up much later in life, but it can lead to blindness so it's quite serious. Dr. Martin immediately emphasized to me how important it was to follow up with a retina specialist and I could tell that he was trying to be careful not to cause undue stress but also that it was not something to take lightly. He had his staff get me an appointment (they even fought to get it moved up to a sooner date than what was originally available on my behalf). It turned out to be serious enough that i needed to have surgery on both eyes. To have a doctor who really CARES about your well being and isn't just pushing through as many patients as they can to make the most money possible is so refreshing. I highly recommend Clear View Vision!!!
- Sep. 18, 2023
Best eye doctor in Tucson !!!
- Sep. 15, 2023
Dr Martin has been my optometrist for decades and I recommend him to everyone I know. I have a fairl... y extreme prescription and I am always well taken care of.
- Sep. 06, 2023
Dr Martin is very nice and is knowledgeable with Dry eye syndrome And all his staff are so kind and... friendly
- Aug. 22, 2023
Excellent service.
- Aug. 08, 2023
They have very professional service but the staff and the doctor cares for the patient as a person.
- Jul. 27, 2023
Wonderful, caring doctor and staff. Care is first-rate, up to date, and at the highest professional ... standard. You can trust Dr. Martin with your eyes!

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Clear View Vision Care: 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 Clear View Vision Care 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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