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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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- Dec. 18, 2023
Carlos is a fantastic employee who is very efficient at his job. He is flexible and accommodating of... all ones needs as well as being kind, welcoming, and courteous.
- Oct. 11, 2023
I am writing this too praise the care, kindness and professionalism I received today from Samala Kha... n, Stephanie, Izzy and Augusto! Absolutely the best experience ever at any medical appointment! I was so comfortable and relieved after having neglected my eyes for over eleven years! No need for that, just make an appointment and for sure you will be one hundred percent satisfied!
- Jun. 02, 2023
Staff was all very friendly and my appointment was quick. And a huge shout-out to STEPHANIE FIGUEROA... ! She helped me pick out my frames and was nothing short of perfection and professional. I will be HIGHLY recommending her and the rest of the staff!!
- Apr. 28, 2023
Great staff, great doctors! I have been a customer of Montgomery Village eye center for ages and eac... h time I go I leave happy and satisfied with the services my family has received. They feel like old friends and it’s always great to catch up!
- Dec. 12, 2022
First time patient and I had great experience on my visit. Staff was very knowledgeable and explaine... d everything in detail. Visit was for contacts fitting and annual exam.
- Oct. 23, 2022
I have seen many eye doctors in my life and never had the right prescriptions for my glasses. My rig... ht eye has different sight than my left. Dr Miller took her time checked my eyes and for the first time in my life I can see clearly. I am so glad to found this eye doctor. Last but not least, the workers from the front desk to the techs were very helpful and caring. It was my first time to come to this eye clinic I got lost and was late for my appointment after driving for 40 miles to get to their office. I was worried I will not be seen and will not have my eye exam. I called in a panic to ask them their location not only they guide me to their direction, I was able to see the doctor. As anyone can witness, it is rare to find people who are caring. These group of people are very unique. Thank you for being human.
- Apr. 29, 2022
Upon retirement my husband and I decided to try a new eye care facility closer to our current locati... on. After trying 3 other doctors, we are driving 2 hours, one way, to be able to get the fantastic service from Dr. Rubin and Dr. Miller. It's more than worth it.
- Feb. 10, 2021
Dr Miller is so wonderful and the staff there are absolute stars. Everyone is professional and super... friendly. I highly recommend.
- Mar. 13, 2019
Great staff, doctor was very thorough during examination. I will never go anywhere else!
- Nov. 30, 2018
I didnt have an appointment and thought I would stop in to inquire about my warrenty. Nicole helped ... me replace my frame under warrenty in minutes! Nice people and quick service.
- May. 18, 2018
This is one of the best in montgomery village!!very friendly!
- Oct. 17, 2016
Great doctor with a great office!
- Aug. 18, 2016
Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. I broke my glasses before a vacation and Susan went out of the... way to get me a new pair in record time. Very impressed. Dr. Miller is very professional and is very thorough with the eye exams.
- Jul. 29, 2016
Great service, clean attractive office and knowledgeable and pleasant staff. Always a good experien... ce!
- Jul. 26, 2016
I was a patient of Dr. Miller when I lived in Gaithersburg, MD a long time ago. However, I moved to ... PG County and have seen 3 different eye clinics but none of them have been able to match up to the level of service or care that Dr. Miller and her staff provide. Which is why after 5 years, I have returned to her office. I'm living in Upper Marlboro MD but Dr. Miller is worth the drive. Plus, she has state-of-the-art equipment!!!
- Feb. 25, 2016
My experience with the Montgomery Village Eye Center was nothing but a great one. All the associates... were very welcoming with broad smiles on their faces. The office spaces were nice and clean and my exam was done in a timely manner. This is a must visit Eye Center for anybody with Optometry needs.
- Dec. 28, 2015
great doctor. Did a very thorough check of my eyes. She does charity work in developing countries a... s well.
- Sep. 01, 2015
I've never been to an eye doctor who could explain, in a succinct understandable manner, more about... how my eyes are behaving than Dr. Gabriella Miller. Other eye doctors had been reluctant to switch me to soft lenses but she was able to put me into lenses that helped my vision immediately and also were more comfortable. Her staff also helped me with glasses that were affordable and attractive. I highly recommend Dr. Miller.

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Montgomery Village 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 Montgomery Village 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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