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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 Upper Darby

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Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 12, 2024
Olympus Vision provided us with Excellent service from beginning to end!
- Mar. 15, 2024
Excellent customer service! Jasmine is awesome! She is patient and detailed oriented. I love this pl... ace. I will definitely be returning!
- Feb. 20, 2024
I brought my eyeglasses prescription over to Olympus Vision today. OMG, what a great visit I had ! I... had never come over to Olympus before. Hannah helped me. She's fantastic, and very nice and knowledgeable and helpful. I picked out several frames, and I asked her to help me choose the best one for me, size and measurement-wise. I appreciated her patience ! Also, Jasmine was helpful. I am so glad I came to Olympus Vision. It is an absolute GEM ! Whenever you need glasses, come right on over here. You won't be sorry, and you'll look forward to all future appointments !
- Feb. 13, 2024
A very thorough and efficient examination with excellent personnel. great customer
- Feb. 08, 2024
AWESOME EXPERIENCE friendly considerate staff. Great after school and after work hours. This place i... s the best keep secret. I will return again
- Jan. 02, 2024
Dr. B was the best and he is very knowledgeable. He was able to point out something that another doc... tor had missed. Hanna was very patient and helpful.
- Dec. 30, 2023
I love the eye doctors at Olympus Vision. The service at the front is so pleasant. They work with a ... smile and take their time when servicing you at the desk. I always felt like family when I am at the office. I won’t change doctors for a long time :-). I love it here.
- Dec. 22, 2023
Everyone is so helpful and friendly! They always explain things to you as well. I always take my son... here and he loves it! Just the absolute best place to get an eye exam. The doctor and staff are great! So glad we finally found our eye place!
- Dec. 20, 2023
Friendly, great service.
- Nov. 29, 2023
I really enjoyed my visit with Olympus Vision. The customer service was amazing and my appointment w... as quick and efficient.
- Nov. 22, 2023
I loved it there i got my eyes exam here . They was very nice , the place was very neat clean and pr... ofessional. They also performed a diabetes eyes test and showed me my results. Even the doctor him self was awesome.
- Oct. 28, 2023
The doctor was able to explain my blindness that anyone could understand. He was also very compassio... nate as he was explaining what happened to my sight.
- Sep. 28, 2023
Always polite and friendly. Makes you feel important in how they care for you.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Every time I have been to Olympus my experience has been nothing but phenomenal. From the desk staff... to the optimist, they all are great and service is impeccable.
- Sep. 11, 2023
My first time at Olympus vision and all staff were amazing. Freddy was so friendly and helpful. He d... oes takes his time to get the best for customers. I appreciate that a lot. Thank you!
- Sep. 11, 2023
Ive been a customer for 2 Yrs, Always great service, new addition to the team Freddy excellent, tak... es his time and explaining every details. 🙏❤️
- Aug. 31, 2023
They are fantastic! Everyone is very professional
- Aug. 24, 2023
My daughter rated this a 10/10 experience. This was her first eye exam and she felt really cared for... . We were in and out within an hr. Highly recommend if you need an appointment asap and would like to receive high quality care.
- Aug. 14, 2023
Took my sister for an eye appointment here and the staff were super nice and friendly! Freddy was a ... big help, stand up guy! Even tightened my glass for me! Will definitely be returning in the future
- Aug. 03, 2023
I had an outstanding experience with my ophthalmologist and the entire staff. Their professionalism ... and respectfulness were commendable as they diligently attended to my dehydrated eyes and anisometropia, offering comprehensive medical treatments to promote recovery. Their unwavering commitment to ensuring my well-being and success in the treatment process deserves high praise. I wholeheartedly endorse their services and would rate them with the highest accolade possible - five stars.

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Olympus Vision: 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 Olympus Vision 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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