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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 Greenville

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Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 31, 2024
The staff was very friendly yet professional and I had my eye exam done on time!
- Mar. 30, 2024
Love Revision! I have been going to the Simpsonville office for years. I tried the downtown office a... nd they are just as wonderful. Always helpful with great selection and good prices.
- Mar. 01, 2024
Excellent all around. Convenient to get to, knowledgeable doctor and staff. Everyone is friendly. Eq... uipment is up to date, nice environment.
- Jan. 19, 2024
Went for an eye exam for my DL renewal at the Greenville office. This is a great group. Have been wi... th them for many years. State of the art technology. Great experience! I go every 10 yrs or so. Will be going more often now.
- Jan. 12, 2024
Outstanding staff and optometrist!
- Jan. 05, 2024
Dr Stephens was great and the facility was clean and up to date
- Jan. 03, 2024
I needed a same day appointment to ease my fears about an eye issue. I called to see if there were a... ny cancellations and there was. I was seen within 2 hours of my call. They never disappoint! The entire staff is always courteous, knowledgable and professional.
- Dec. 19, 2023
Everyone here has always been very friendly, enjoyable and professional! Veronica has been more than... accommodating on multiple occasions and makes me want to keep coming back, even if it's just to adjust my eye glass frames.
- Nov. 23, 2023
We were greeted cordially and within a few minutes taken into the examining room by the tech. (forgo... t name) She is professional yet friendly and easy to talk to. The Simpsonville/Greenville staff is friendly, approachable and efficient and I like working with them. I few years ago, that wasn't my experience and I was looking.for a new doctor. The transformation is remarkable. Dr. Sean has been my doctor for several years and has treated my several problems with my eyes. He is great - professional, approachable and competent as is the other doctor, the optometrists and the rest.
- Aug. 11, 2023
I had a great experience and this is my third pair of glasses I’ve purchased from them, Lori was v... ery helpful and even postponed her lunch to take care of me
- Aug. 04, 2023
So impressed with Dr Steven’s team! Thank you! Glad to see such an amazing selection of eye glass ... frames that I haven’t seen elsewhere in Greenville. Very exciting. Hard to decide, but fun with all the choices. Laurie S
- Aug. 03, 2023
I was very impressed with my experience with Laura. She was highly recommended from a friend. I wa... s unsure of the right look and prescription and she took her time to show me what was best. Thank you ❤️
- Jul. 20, 2023
Laura has been an enormous help. I have a challenging prescription and she knows which frames, lens... es and brands would be best for me. She listened to me and provided personalized service from beginning to end. I have nothing but praise for her and Revision Optix.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Best I've found in SC I've moved 25 times and this is one of the better 👀👁️👁️ Care.
- Jul. 15, 2023
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- Jul. 07, 2023
Very courteous, helpful, great people and incredible selection
- Jun. 09, 2023
LOVE this place. If i’m paying a good chunk of money I like lots of tests to be ran and analyzed. ... They did just that. Wonderful and thorough and kind and just great. Office was pristine and smelled of nice vanilla too. Just a great experience all around.
- May. 12, 2023
Very friendly and easy to work with, I had my Cartiers adjusted and so my surprise they were able to... tighten my frames. Now I went to several other opticians and they wouldn’t even touch my frames lol. However, Revisions took care of me complimentary I would absolutely recommend them!
- May. 05, 2023
The young woman who checked me in for my 8am appointment was energetic and was very cheerful. Greete... d with a smile.
- May. 03, 2023
I recently visited the optics center and was thoroughly impressed with their exceptional service and... knowledgeable staff. From the moment I walked in, the team was incredibly friendly and accommodating, taking the time to answer all of my questions and ensuring I felt comfortable throughout the entire process. Overall, I highly recommend this optics center for anyone in need of quality eye care and fashionable eyewear.

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Revision Optix - Greenville: 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 Revision Optix - Greenville 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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