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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 Garland

Our optometry practice in Garland

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
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  • Aetna
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Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 13, 2024
Nice, fast , caring , and friendly from doctor to technicians and staffs.
- Apr. 08, 2024
This place is so nice and they have a great stuff. I appreciate the doctors for finding my narrow an... gles. I also got the doctors cell phone number because she cared that much. I really appreciate Abby for fixing my Gucci glasses
- Mar. 30, 2024
I was sad to see that Dr Bolish retired (though obviously happy for him and well-deserved), but the ... new optometrists and new opticians are excellent. Highly recommended.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Error in previous block. Wrote dentist instead of optometrist!! Too many surveys at once
- Mar. 22, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and professional from beginning to end.
- Mar. 14, 2024
I have always been a patient of Dr. Suder, and I have had nothing but great experiences! Dr. Suder i... s incredibly warm, and I appreciated her patience with me as I tried various contact lenses before eventually settling on glasses. Jamie is also amazing! She is attentive and took the time to assist me in finding the best frames for my sunglasses. Not only is she friendly and knowledgeable, but she also adjusted my frames and nose pads more accurately than anyone has before. Overall, I highly recommend this practice for any of your eye care needs!
- Mar. 13, 2024
Every staff member who I interacted with during my visit was friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed w... orking with Dr. Lim through my concerns. Also, I appreciate the reminder phone call and text messages about my appointment. I would recommend this location for your eye care.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Friendly staff, the waiting time was fast,
- Mar. 01, 2024
Me and my family have been coming here for years. Since Dr. Bolish has retired I saw Dr. Lim, she w... as amazing. Very thorough and has great energy. All staff is attentive and always friendly. Always a great experience!
- Feb. 27, 2024
Friendly staff, easy to schedule appt. R'cvd information in a clear and understandable manner.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Dr. Ashley is awesome!
- Feb. 06, 2024
Outstanding examination, very professional, and thorough. And the opticians in the glasses departmen... t are excellent
- Jan. 06, 2024
What a great place! Had gone here because it was covered by my insurance, but I'll keep coming here ... because of the fantastic service. Very professional, my eye doctor was so thorough and polite. But the star of the show was honestly Jamie who helped me go through my selection of potential glasses and helped me pick something in my price range/insurance coverage. She took a lot of care in helping me select frames that look amazing on me (I'm hopeless on this by myself) and she even found some frames to hold my old lenses until my new pair came in so I wouldn't be without. Great team, would recommend to anyone looking for a new eye doctor!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Love this place! My family all goes here and sees Dr. Suder. We love her! She’s extremely thorough... and knowledgeable. I love how she explains everything to you and she’ll answer all your questions and concerns with the utmost patience. We adore her, as well as Assma. If you’re looking to buy glasses or sunglasses here, ask for Asmma. She’s the expert!
- Dec. 18, 2023
Everyone here is the best. Dr. Bolish has been taking care of me for over 20 years and always goes t... he extra mile to take care of my special vision needs.Asmra (sp sorry!) is always patient with me and my taking so very long to pick out frames.
- Dec. 17, 2023
Great place for eye care and glasses. Staff is friendly and helpful and very polite. The polar oppo... site of Myeyedr on North Garland!
- Dec. 02, 2023
Just left my annual appointment and needed to commend Arturo in Optical, in addition to Dr. Lim. Bot... h went above and beyond to provide a great experience and terrific patient care. Thoroughly pleased and strongly recommend.
- Nov. 28, 2023
My eye exam went smoothly. The North Garland Vision staff treated me with A+ service!
- Nov. 12, 2023
Staff is pleasant. Dr. Lim is kind and informative. I went in for just an annual exam. Great options... for specs in store. Will be back to purchase glasses.
- Oct. 27, 2023
First time visiting and will definitely be returning. Dr. Lim was very chill and educational! Love a... doctor with great spirit. The front desk staff are wonderful as well! The young lady who performed the initial tests was amazing as well! Recommend to everyone!

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North Garland Vision: 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 North Garland Vision to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(972) 414-0444