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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 Wilburton

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Patient Reviews
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- May. 10, 2024
Everyone at the office was super kind and helpful. Really easy to make an appt. The doctor himself w... as so knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable.
- May. 02, 2024
Always a pleasant experience with Dr McManus and his professional and friendly staff!
- Apr. 30, 2024
Had a problem with glasses and prescription. They took ownership and corrected both fast. Very nice ... place!!
- Apr. 17, 2024
Always the best experience here! I drove all the way from Ocean Shores because Dr McManus is the mos... t knowledgeable Optometrist I have ever seen and he has the best staff as well!
- Apr. 15, 2024
Dr. Manus and his staff are always very helpful and willing to take the time to explain how vision w... orks. This has been helpful in understanding what the correct course of action should be.
- Apr. 12, 2024
Much thanks to Emily and Dr. McManus for squeezing me into their busy schedule, testing and diagnosi... s of my eye issue. They are very professional and provide exceptional care!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Dr McManus is the best. He is thorough, thoughtful and so very knowledgeable. I won't trust anyone... else with my eyes. His staff is great as well.
- Mar. 05, 2024
Dr. McManus is great! He is pleasant, competent, caring, thorough. His staff are gracious and effici... ent.
- Feb. 21, 2024
Been seeing Dr. McManus for 15 years. Highly recommend.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Complete and comprehensive care. The entire staff made me feel welcome. Answered my questions and ... treated me very well in a totally professional manner. I will return for my next check up and maybe some updated reading glasses soon.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Truly the best. Dr. McManus and the front desk staff were all so patient, friendly and knowledgeable... . Dr. McManus really takes his time to figure out what you need and makes sure you understand what's going on with your eyes. I left the office feeling really relieved and dare I say, with my world a little clearer! Cost for out of pocket was reasonable. My only regret was not finding this office sooner. Thank you everyone!!
- Feb. 06, 2024
The office staff was great! Friendly and efficient just like Dr. McManus. After the pre testing, he ... gave me a thorough exam, and addressed all my concerns patiently. As a retired RN, I appreciated his knowledge and expertise and kindness.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Dr. McManus is the Best optometrist in Bellevue! Friendly/helpful staff ☺️
- Feb. 01, 2024
Quick, easy, friendly! Always a pleasant experience. Thank you!
- Jan. 23, 2024
Professional, kind, clean and as always the doctor and staff are efficient and wonderful.
- Jan. 19, 2024
The staff and Dr. McManus are friendly, caring, and helpful. I’ve been coming here for close to 20... years and highly recommend them!
- Jan. 19, 2024
Amazing office. I highly recommend.
- Jan. 11, 2024
A complete and thorough eye exam by a true professional A truly wonderful experience with the best o... ptometrist I’ve ever had
- Dec. 22, 2023
The staff was very punctual and friendly, especially Emily!! Dr McManus is always very kind and know... ledgeable! Sure did appreciate them fitting me in this morning!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Excellent service for eye care, they pay attention to previous issues and care about their patients....

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Bellevue 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 Bellevue 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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