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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 San Tan Ranch

Our optometry practice in San Tan Ranch

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Patient Reviews
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- Dec. 28, 2023
Great place for eye care! Friendly staff and reasonable prices!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Friendly staff.
- Dec. 10, 2023
Staff is super friendly and Dr Ng is awesome
- Nov. 10, 2023
Dr. Stott is excellent! The staff is friendly and efficient. I will not go to any other eye doctor.
- Oct. 01, 2023
Great with kids!! Fast service.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Excellent service, Jeff is honest and patient with frame selection too!
- Aug. 17, 2023
Dr. Kyle Stott and the staff at this office are wonderful! They were very thorough and patient with... all my questions during my eye exam, and when picking out new glasses. I am so thankful I found this office in our neighborhood!
- Jul. 07, 2023
The staff is super helpful!
- Jun. 07, 2023
Dr Stott is amazing. He is very patient and understanding. The staff is very friendly.
- May. 17, 2023
Everyone is very professional and friendly. They are experts at glasses and got me exactly the right... style and prescription.
- Apr. 30, 2023
Dr Scott is awesome! Best Eye Doctor in the Valley!
- Apr. 07, 2023
Always friendly, efficient, and on time.
- Mar. 14, 2023
Everyone at 20/20 image is so sweet, Friendly, and patient. They deserve 10 stars. If you are decidi... ng between Oasis Visions and 20/20 image, do not go to Oasis.
- Feb. 01, 2023
The doctor and staff actuality care about your needs and experience
- Jan. 31, 2023
The staff at this location are so fantastic - knowledgeable, friendly, and they know what they’re ... doing. Dr. Stott has been more helpful than any doctor I’ve ever seen. He actually diagnosed my dry eyes and helped to make it better - he didn’t just shove plugs in like every other doctor I’ve been to! He also (along with the staff) hooked me up with multi-focal contacts that work! My last doctor told me I was stuck with glasses, unless I wanted to wear contacts for distance, and reading glasses for near and mid-distance. (Was he even aware of multi-focal contacts??) I’m so happy. Like, SOOOO happy!!! What a fantastic place. I’d bear hug everyone there, if it wasn’t weird to do so.
- Jan. 07, 2023
Amazing doctor and staff
- Dec. 30, 2022
20/20 has delivered me the best pair of glasses of my life, TWICE now. I walked out of there being a... ble to see leaves on trees down the block!
- Oct. 12, 2022
The doctor and staff were all wonderful with my child. The doctor explained everything to me that he... was doing, was very thorough during the exam and helped me understand the need for glasses. The woman at the front desk helped me choose the glasses and decide which would be best, was very helpful and incredibly sweet and patient with my one year old. I am so glad I chose this business and will continue using them for myself and family!
- Oct. 05, 2022
For eye exams and contact fittings both Dr. Stott and Dr. Ng are great doctors. The staff in the of... fice are friendly and helpful, and I actually think they have continued to become more helpful and friendly over the 4-5 years I have been going to this office. Getting glasses at this office can be an adventure though - getting glasses for my grandmother took a long time with communication hiccups and the factory breaking the frames. I have seen other customers come in with similar issues. But if you are someone needing and eye exam or contacts then you shouldn't have any issues!
- Aug. 31, 2022
This is one of the best opticians around Gilbert with better appointment and good customer service a... nd referral.

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20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert: 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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(480) 988-4131