Vision Therapy in Eagan

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 Eagan

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- May. 23, 2024
Just a great visit. Been elsewhere like Sam’s club and they’re not setup to provide service like... Eagan eye clinic
- Apr. 15, 2024
I was well cared for by an excellent staff and a very knowledgeable Dr King. I highly recommend this... clinic for anyone needing an eye care.
- Apr. 09, 2024
Awesome service, they treat you like your their number one client as soon as you walk in the door.
- Mar. 26, 2024
I needed an extra pair of specs for reading music and computer distance vision. Eagan Eye Clinic was... dedicated to ensuring I was not disappointed with my new glasses. They are exactly what I was after! Thank you for the attention to detail!
- Mar. 05, 2024
Friendly staff and good service. Very happy with my new glasses.
- Feb. 28, 2024
I was very satisfied with your service.
- Feb. 25, 2024
Everyone is pleasant, competent, professional, and trying to do their best for their customers/patie... nts.
- Feb. 25, 2024
Excellent profesional service Never disappointed you
- Feb. 19, 2024
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- Feb. 12, 2024
I have used several optical services across the Twin Cities and have been disappointed by the qualit... y of the services of the opticians. Most of them seem quite inexperienced and have run-of-the-mill capabilities. However, the opticians at Eagan Eye Clinic are the exception. Clearly, they have both experience and expertise in advising me accurately and in making sure that the glasses work effectively for me. I will return to them for any future services. And excellent customer service as well. Good job!
- Feb. 08, 2024
I was very satisfied with the service that I received. The staff is very professional and friendly....
- Dec. 29, 2023
Excellent experience. Very efficient, great facility. I have been a patient there for many years and... have no complaints. Dr. Stout is fantastic.
- Dec. 29, 2023
I’ve been coming here for about 3 years now and have always had wonderful service. From the desk s... taff to the doctors, they are all friendly and professional. I’ve seen three different doctors and they’ve all been great. I’ll definitely keep coming here!
- Dec. 20, 2023
Very capable staff. Efficient visit. They don't push product that you don't need - honest assessme... nts.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Great staff
- Dec. 05, 2023
Welcoming, kid-friendly and knowledgeable!
- Nov. 23, 2023
Very friendly crew and they price match!
- Nov. 23, 2023
Great clinic. Professional and terrific care of my eyes
- Oct. 26, 2023
Excellent service and very informative
- Oct. 08, 2023
Totally good experience here. Staff all seemed qualified, cordial and welcoming while still profess... ional. Modern office has the latest equipment to give quick and detailed information.

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Eagan Eye Clinic: 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 Eagan Eye Clinic 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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