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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 Irwin

Our optometry practice in Irwin

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • EyeMed
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  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Aetna
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 01, 2024
Great experience. Efficient & quick process from start to finish! Staff was nice & welcoming! Small ... selection of glasses but a vast array of different styles to choose from!
- Jan. 18, 2024
Very customer friendly!
- Dec. 30, 2023
I highly recommend using the services of Your Family Eye group in N. Huntingdon. Every employee I de... alt with during my exam was professional and knowledgeable.
- Dec. 30, 2023
Awesome care!
- Dec. 16, 2023
Very friendly and caring employees at fair prices for glasses and contacts
- Nov. 14, 2023
Very professional & thorough! I feel I am getting the ultimate care for my vision
- Oct. 08, 2023
Dr Ron and the staff are the best!
- Sep. 14, 2023
Great staff. Awesome doctor!
- Jul. 29, 2023
My symptoms were taken seriously, and I was examined thoroughly within a couple of hours after I ca... lled. Never a bad experience here!
- Jul. 21, 2023
Friendly staff
- Jul. 07, 2023
Dr. Nikituk was awesome. So helpful with my dry eye issues. Inserted punctal plugs at my last vist. ... Huge improvement. The staff is great and I've always received great service and care with exams and eyeglasses
- Jun. 30, 2023
I had metal in my eye from a work injury. The staff got me in to see the doctor right away. The ... doctor repaired my eye within minutes of my arrival. Great staff and great doctors.
- May. 31, 2023
Dr Chris is the most compassionate doctor I have ever had. He takes his time to explain everything a... nd actually listens and never rushes you. He treats your eyes like they were his own.
- May. 20, 2023
Always friendly staff and great service- check them out!
- May. 13, 2023
Great experience here, great with my kid, friendly staff, prices comparable to other places!
- Mar. 22, 2023
Dr Campana is the absolute best as well as his staff! Everyone is so kind and professional! I would ... recommend this office to anyone looking for eye care!
- Mar. 21, 2023
Nice, modern and clean establishment. The staff display excellent customer service (thanks Deb)! Dr.... Campana spent adequate time with me and communicates really well the what and why throughout the process. I feel confident that my eyes are cared for and I'm not just a person!!!
- Mar. 18, 2023
Thank you kindly to the members of this office for going out of their way to get my prescription tra... nsferred. Both my pharmacy and their office were closed for the weekend, but they went beyond my expectations and now my prescriptions are filled. Thank you Dan
- Mar. 14, 2023
I HIGHLY recommend this eye doctor. Very professional & knowledgeable. They walk you through the res... ults of your exam, and go more in depth than most other doctors do. You can tell there’s a passion for the science behind what they do. Also, the office front desk staff is kind and helped me pick out some new glasses.
- Jan. 08, 2023
This office is great. When looking for eye Dr look no further.

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Your Family Eye Doctors - North Huntingdon: 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 Your Family Eye Doctors - North Huntingdon to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(724) 864-7777