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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 Southlake

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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 22, 2024
Dr. Hogan was great! I came in for an emergency on vacation and he helped fix my red eye right away!... Wish I lived in town so I could visit again!
- Feb. 17, 2024
Great doctors, that care and listen
- Feb. 15, 2024
First time seeing Dr Hogan. Extremely efficient, knowledgeable, and personable. The office in gene... ral is very nice.
- Feb. 02, 2024
Dr. Brooks is very helpful, accurate and personable. We love going to him and his staff for our eye ... care concerns.
- Nov. 14, 2023
I bounced around trying to find a close , professional, knowledgable, and pleasant eye dr and staff.... This is the place ! everything is right there and entire staff is friendly and ready to help. Highly recommend.
- Nov. 06, 2023
I struggled getting the right contact lens prescription. Dr. Brooks and staff worked hard to help m... e find the right one.
- Oct. 17, 2023
Very friendly staff. I recommend Kirkwood Eye Center.
- Sep. 23, 2023
Great experience. Dr Hogan was very thorough, professional and friendly. Abby did the tests quickly ... and made me feel very welcome.
- Sep. 14, 2023
They truly care about my vision and you can feel it. Dr Brooks explains everything in detail so tha... t I am an informed patient. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
- Sep. 13, 2023
I just got insurance for the first time and was very nervous about how it would work out and what I ... would need to do for an eye appointment. Dr. Brooks and everyone in the office were very nice and welcoming. Definitely recommend
- Sep. 07, 2023
Wonderful staff here. I will make sure to keep taking my eye care here.
- Aug. 26, 2023
Very efficient and smooth experience. Staff was friendly and Dr. Brooks is very knowledgeable and ca... ring. Not pushy if you don't want glasses or contacts.
- Jul. 10, 2023
My new contact and eye glasses place, I like this place.
- Jun. 29, 2023
Dr. Brooks was competent, and professional, and listened to my concerns. I was very satisfied with t... he service.
- May. 19, 2023
My forever favorite eye doctor and location hands down.
- May. 18, 2023
I wear OrthoK lenses. Dr. Brooks and his staff are very knowledgeable with these lenses and how the... y can actually improve vision in some patients. I highly recommend both Dr. Brooks and these lenses. It is worth the drive to see him!
- Feb. 27, 2023
Always great!
- Feb. 11, 2023
Dr Brooks and staff provided best eye exam and eye check experience in my lifetime and I’m 72 year... s old!
- Feb. 03, 2023
Excellent service provided by staff and Dr. with each and every visit in diagnosing eye health.
- Jan. 12, 2023
Beautiful offices, great staff and doctor Brooks !

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Kirkwood Eye Center: 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 Kirkwood Eye Center 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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