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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 Lacey

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- Nov. 01, 2023
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, exam is thorough yet quick! The only negative I would have ... is frame selection is smaller. I like my simple black frames and there was only a couple to choose from, everything else was colors or metals. But still a great place!
- Oct. 31, 2023
Been coming here for years for myself and my children. I have even referred my brother to this locat... ion! As a mother of three and a wife to someone that is in the military it can be EXTREMELY difficult to schedule appointments for myself. The last time I came my husband was gone for training and I had to bring my kids with me. They were so nice and understanding. I have a non verbal child and during the exam she was being a little fussy towards the end. I apologized to Dr. Piranio who reassured me that it's okay he has littles himself. Greatly appreciate him!
- Jul. 06, 2023
Haven't had my eyes checked in years. Chose this place based off of other positive Google reviews, a... nd they did not disappoint! Everyone there was SO incredibly friendly and nice! I wish every Healthcare visit I had was like this experience!!
- May. 23, 2023
You will be very well taken care of! Michelle cares about every single one of her patients and makes... you feel like you are the only patient of the day.
- May. 17, 2023
I had a good experience since I walked through the door. Dr. Durham is a very positive person. I wou... ld recommend it to anyone.
- May. 08, 2023
Every person there was fabulous and very helpful. Best eye appointment ive ever had.
- May. 02, 2023
Wonderful fun people, who gave clear directions and were easy to understand.
- Apr. 20, 2023
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- Apr. 04, 2023
Friendly and nice crew to visit everytime. Would definitely recommend.
- Mar. 28, 2023
Friendly and personable. Love how they care about you and your health
- Mar. 24, 2023
I am so fortunate to have found HPVC for my vision care and recommend HPVC 100%. I've been coming t... o this clinic since before they moved to this location. I feel cared for by all of the friendly, supportive, and professional staff. The front desk staff are very efficient, welcoming, and cheerful. Dr Durham's assistant, Barb, is calm, patient and All of the Above! Her experience makes me feel confident and relaxed. I can't say enough about my excellent vision care from Dr Durham. I feel trust and genuine care and concern during my appts with her.
- Mar. 23, 2023
The staff is away kind and friendly!
- Mar. 23, 2023
The new receptionist is amazing, super friendly bubbly personality and funny. Also my doc is the bes... t I've been coming here for 15 years, and I don't plan on switching!
- Mar. 11, 2023
Very compleat exam. Did not have to wait past my appointment time. Friendly Doctor and staff.
- Feb. 03, 2023
I was very happy with Michelle. My exam was very thorough and she caught an issue that others had no... t. Will definitely refer her to others.
- Feb. 03, 2023
I highly recommend Hawks Prairie Vision. The staff is professional, wonderful, and kind. Also, their... place of business is clean and very welcoming.
- Jan. 31, 2023
Great visit. My appointment was punctual. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely would... recommend.
- Jan. 24, 2023
All staff are very friendly, and professional. A very smooth process of the eye exam, I was finished... in an hour. I would highly recommend.
- Jan. 20, 2023
Hawks Prairie Vision Clinic is the best Dr Arron is awesome the whole staff at Hawks Prairie Vision ... is outstanding and caring and helpful. I definitely and highly recommend them.
- Jan. 18, 2023
Very friendly and happy to answer your questions

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Hawk's Prairie Vision Clinic: 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 Hawk's Prairie Vision Clinic 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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