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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.


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- Mar. 31, 2024
I have been a patient at Trinity Eye Care for about 20 years now -- my first visit was when I was 5,... and now I'm 26! Throughout all of my visits, everyone has been so kind, attentive and just all-around helpful. This is the only place where I've gotten my night/hard contacts, day/soft contacts and glasses (prescription and blue-light). Even though I now live in another city, I still visit Plano for my annual checkups. Moreover, my parents are also still patients! I don't foresee switching providers... ever. ◡̈
- Mar. 22, 2024
OUTSTANDING service for the past 25 years!
- Mar. 19, 2024
I have been going to Trinity EyeCare over 13 years and I have NO complain so ever and I highly recom... mend.
- Feb. 19, 2024
Professional, Compassionate, Communication, Experts, Caring
- Feb. 14, 2024
I truly liked Dr. Youngblood and the staff. Great doctor, loved the way she approached me. The staff... are polite, friendly, courteous and sincere. I gave it a five because that is what they really are, five star
- Jan. 28, 2024
Everyone is so nice and helpful. Dr. Pang is pretty funny, too.
- Jan. 01, 2024
I am not new in the area, but had not ventured out to find eye care since moving to my area. I found... trinity eye care through someone else, and decided to give it a try. They are extremely thorough, up-to-date on their technology that they use, and immensely informative. I am so happy that I was able to find Dr. Youngblood and enjoyed working with for my eye care.
- Dec. 21, 2023
I’ve been a long time patient of Dr. Pang’s at Trinity Eye Care. I’ve had years of wonderful e... xperiences. Today was my first time seeing Dr. Youngblood and I’m so happy to say that she was amazing too! It’s such a great feeling knowing that no matter who I see I will be taken care of in the best way. I’ve been a patient since 2010 and I will always be one!! Love the Trinity Eye Care team!
- Dec. 07, 2023
Great place
- Dec. 06, 2023
Excellent experience. Highly recommend. Friendly knowledgeable staff that actually listen.
- Nov. 15, 2023
Professional, courteous and friendly staff. There is virtually no waiting time. I have already refer... red one person to this office, a second one is possible in the near future.
- Nov. 06, 2023
Not only are Dr. Pang and Mrs. Pang so incredibly kind, but they and the whole staff (shout out to M... ike and Kristina as well!) take the time to truly care and understand your needs and concerns. I was feeling a bit hopeless with my eyes and struggled to explain what was going on, and it's such a relief that people like Dr. Pang exist. Dr. Pang has been so thorough and meticulous and just all around wonderful, and I'm so fortunate that he is in the area. Coming here has been a real game changer for me and I'm so appreciative to everyone at the office. Again, just thank you so so so much!
- Oct. 31, 2023
They addressed my eye issues promptly and accurately and with compassion and care.
- Oct. 21, 2023
Christina at the front made us feel very welcome and helped us through the checkin /checkout process... with professionalism and a constant smile. The office had very advanced machines to test various aspects of my eye health. Dr. Pang was extremely knowledgeable and explained all of the steps to me as well a really listened to my vision challenges to ensure my Rx was perfect for me. Eileen was very knowledgeable about lenses and contacts as well as my insurance coverage. Overall great experience and highly recommend!
- Oct. 17, 2023
They are top notch and really care about each patient
- Sep. 07, 2023
Awesome team. They do a thorough job making sure your prescription is accurate and that any potentia... l issues are kept up with.
- Sep. 04, 2023
Dr. Pang and his staff are AMAZING!! I've trusted them with my vision for over 22 years. They are si... mply the BEST! ⭐️✨️
- Sep. 01, 2023
great communications with both Dr Pang or his staff; all quesitons and concerns answered
- Aug. 19, 2023
Dr. Youngblood and her entire staff are awesome. The best experience with eyecare I have ever had in... my journey.
- Aug. 11, 2023
Dr. Youngblood was very detail-oriented and knowledgeable. She was also patient and kind. I am grate... ful that she was recommended to us. The entire staff was friendly and helpful.

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

(972) 378-0707