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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.

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- Apr. 23, 2024
Great staff. Very informative of what is going on with my eyes. Went into detailed explanations of... all my questions.
- Apr. 18, 2024
Every part of my experience at Insight Vision was positive! They are professional, kind and efficien... t.
- Apr. 03, 2024
Dr. Troyer and the staff at this location were amazing! They were all friendly, prompt, and informat... ive! I look forward to establishing care with them from here on out.
- Mar. 29, 2024
I’m 23 and have been coming here since my preteen years. I’ve never once had a bad experience. I... ’ve seen a few different drs and every one has been patient and kind. Receptionists are always nice and helpful! I even lived in Lawrence for a few years and would drive back every year for my annual eye exam. Would absolutely recommend!!
- Mar. 25, 2024
Dr. Troyers agreed to see me on short notice. He answered my growing questions. He was honest and... kind. I would recommend all of the Dr.'s at Insight to everyone.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Fast & easy service, I appreciate that the doctor took the time to explain and show me the results o... f my exam and what it all means to my vision health!
- Mar. 09, 2024
Convenient location. Great eye exam. Great doc. Nice people.
- Mar. 02, 2024
I was very impressed. I was wearing one contact with mediocre vision. Dr. Bozsa showed me that I co... uld wear two contacts and improve my close up and far away vision. Now, my night vision is so much better and far away vision is very crisp and clear. So grateful that she took the time to help me find a better solution to seeing better!
- Jan. 27, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and professional. I appreciate Garrett and the time he spent helping me f... igure out my insurance issues.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Lauren and office staff are fantastic, never a bad visit. Competitive pricing and a great experience... each visit.
- Jan. 24, 2024
I love this office! Dr. Neal Troyer is very pleasant and personable, and the office staff were so he... lpful and nice.
- Jan. 07, 2024
Insight Vision - Dr. Troyer is awesome!!
- Aug. 13, 2023
I’ve been going to this location for years and they doctors and staff are always friendly and prof... essional.
- Jul. 22, 2023
Great experience! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. I left feeling assured ab... out my eye health. Thanks for the great service!
- Jul. 16, 2023
Insight Vision Center Olathe is a terrifically professional and responsive Center. I highly commend ... and recommend Dr. Neal Troyer and the Insight Vision Center staff.
- Jul. 12, 2023
Everyone was very kind and knowledgeable, no one was pushy. I was really impressed
- May. 01, 2023
What a great experience and great customer service. They will work with you and listen to you.
- Feb. 15, 2023
Everyone at this location is amazing. I’ve had interactions with several and they were all incredi... bly helpful, patient and kind!
- Jan. 12, 2023
This is the best vision center I've been to. I love the front office staff; they are pleasant and he... lpful and always want to be sure our needs are met. They were a huge help when I was looking for frames that fit my budget and were still cute. And Dr. Marr has been fantastic. After years of not being able to wear contacts (after going from single vision to multi-focal) I can. I never feel rushed during my appointments with him and I feel like he really wants to figure out the best solution to whatever my eye issues are. Highly recommend this office!
- Dec. 20, 2022
Staff is very friendly.

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Insight Vision Center - Olathe: 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 Insight Vision Center - Olathe 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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