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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 Concord

Our optometry practice in Concord

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 04, 2024
The doctor and staff are amazing. I went in with some eye concerns. They listened to my concerns and... gave me world class care. They are super friendly and efficient. I highly recommend them.
- Feb. 22, 2024
Professional service, nice staff, welcoming and caring.
- Feb. 16, 2024
The entire staff is just amazing. Very friendly atmosphere from the moment you walk in. The doctor... that examined me was very good and the selection of frames is wonderful.
- Jan. 23, 2024
The workers are awesome and helped me pick out the best glasses.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Excellent customer service. Went there to swap my broken glasses for a replacement pair. They were q... uick and friendly. And gave tips for caring for my glasses. Parking can be crowded during peak times, I went around 430pm on a weekday.
- Oct. 30, 2023
The Crown Vision Center staff is truly amazing, ESPECIALLY JENNIFER!!! She takes the time to answer ... all my questions, clearly explains each fee and gives feedback on which frames work best with my face structure. I have a hard time selecting glasses and she is always patient with me. I love my glasses and get compliments often. I would recommend this location to all my friends and family 🙂
- Oct. 22, 2023
Friendly staff. Knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Always a good experience when I go there.
- Oct. 10, 2023
We love Crown Vision Center! The staff are always very friendly, courteous and professional. And ver... y patient with answering all my questions.
- Sep. 25, 2023
Everyone here is always smiling and making our day! Thank you for the respect, professionalism, and ... knowledge! David, Kathy & David Jr.
- Sep. 08, 2023
EXCELLENT SERVICES - FOCUS ON EYE HEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
- Aug. 23, 2023
Timely scheduling, friendly staff
- Aug. 21, 2023
Great experience!! The receptionist and the Dr’s assistant began with a wonderful experience. The ... Dr.. Dr Sherwood .. excellent.. very thorough. Highly recommend!!
- Aug. 01, 2023
Very caring and will to please the customers and treated me with respect . The Doctor was very g... ood and intelligent . And very kind .such a sweet staff .excellent customer service.
- Jul. 04, 2023
When we changed insurance, we decided to try a new optical company. We came to the Tesson Ferry loca... tion and I'm so glad we did. All 4 of my kids wear glasses, so it's an ordeal to get them all in for appointments. The staff here have always been so amazing. Taking the time to get to know my kids on a personal level. Making them smile and giggle with little jokes. Explaining to the kids what to expect because they are nervous. So many little things that add to an overall amazing experience! Again, I am highly impressed with the level of customer service we continue to experience at this location 💗
- Jun. 13, 2023
Doctors are always spot on with my prescriptions and very friendly and professional at the same time... . Office staff is friendly and so helpful. This is my favorite Crown Vision location, as far as staff and service, so far.
- May. 15, 2023
Nice place. Staff is courteous and knowledgeable. Happy with my glasses.
- Mar. 16, 2023
Then staff is very friendly and spend time making sure you select the perfect frames and fit.
- Mar. 02, 2023
Dr. Sherwood and staff are amazing! Highly recommended!
- Feb. 15, 2023
They have been very responsive to my needs, once when I lost my hard contact and again when I had co... njunctivitis.
- Jan. 17, 2023
Outstanding optical experience!

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Crown Vision Center - Tesson Ferry: 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 Crown Vision Center - Tesson Ferry 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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