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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 St. Augustine

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  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Patient Reviews
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- May. 17, 2024
My appointment was kept on time, and Dr Horning was very knowledgeable, friendly, and thorough
- May. 08, 2024
Prompt,professional,and complete eye examination and evaluation.
- May. 03, 2024
Staff was welcoming & friendly. Dr Horning was personable & professional. I had a great experience a... t Rowe family Eye Care
- Apr. 11, 2024
Dr. Pearl and his staff are professional, dedicated, and kind.
- Apr. 09, 2024
Dr. Pearl is wonderful. The staff was friendly and efficient.
- Apr. 09, 2024
Always a good experience
- Apr. 06, 2024
Love Dr. Brown - she seems to genuinely care and is not in it just as a job.
- Apr. 03, 2024
I was visiting Florida and needed some contact lenses. The wonderful people at Rowe’s helped me ou... t and I am so appreciative!! Thank you so much!
- Mar. 27, 2024
Highly recommend this practice! Dr Brown was so patient and thorough with my daughter’s exam! She ... also had amazing bedside manner and took the time to learn about her and explain things well.
- Mar. 23, 2024
Great family eye care office! Dr. Brown is very thorough and knowledgeable. I was very happy with my... experience.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Excellent care as always! Thank you Dr Brown and Amanda. Can’t wait to pick out my new glasses �...
- Mar. 13, 2024
Great knowledgeable and friendly staff, highly recommend Rowe Family EyeCare!!
- Mar. 09, 2024
Dr Brown very proficient and effective communication skills.
- Mar. 07, 2024
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- Mar. 06, 2024
Dr. Brown is amazing, genuinely cares about her job and patients, and is friendly and personable whi... le providing services. The rest of the staff is the exact same. I will definitely be coming back in the future 🙂
- Feb. 27, 2024
Dr. Horning was very thorough and took the time and attention that most places do not give any more.... Great staff that is friendly, knowledgable and patient. Highly recommend Rowe Family Eyecare.
- Feb. 22, 2024
Friendly, detailed explanations, and an overall pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend.
- Feb. 21, 2024
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- Feb. 18, 2024
The best staff I have ever seen in eye care!!! They have the mix of professional with friendly down!... Love this staff!
- Feb. 12, 2024
My eyes are very important to me, I feel confident with Dr Horning, he is thorough and caring. I hi... ghly recommend Rowe Family Eye Care

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Rowe Family EyeCare: 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 Rowe Family EyeCare to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(904) 824-0212