Vision Therapy in Alton

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 Alton

Our optometry practice in Alton

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  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Patient Reviews
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- May. 02, 2024
Always quick and the most helpful
- Mar. 29, 2024
My son and I love our treatment and glasses the team was wonderful
- Mar. 29, 2024
quick easy and nice people
- Mar. 21, 2024
The staff are very pleasant! Exceptional customer service!!
- Feb. 15, 2024
Good place
- Jan. 20, 2024
Friendly, fast service.
- Jan. 11, 2024
Dr. Levi and her staff are very professional and friendly
- Dec. 20, 2023
I was worried my Lined Bifocals would be dorky looking, lol, but I was surprised and impressed that ... they were discreet and barely noticeable, save your money and just go with the lined ones if you need them, also EVERYONE at Crown was friendly & professional. 🤓
- Dec. 18, 2023
Nice knowledgeable staff
- Nov. 12, 2023
Great place
- Oct. 31, 2023
Great experience!! Everyone was very nice! Very efficient! Definitely will recommend to others!!
- Oct. 04, 2023
The gals, a Crown are fantastic! They are always extremely helpful and I’ve never had an issue
- Sep. 29, 2023
Awesome staff and very knowledgeable Managment
- Sep. 28, 2023
The service was amazing, very great staff this location have!!
- Aug. 02, 2023
Excellent service and knowledgeable staff. Took about as long as expected.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Great service. Great staff, and happy with my glasses.
- Jul. 15, 2023
The staff is always friendly, and the service I received has always been great.
- Jul. 11, 2023
The doctors are caring and professional. The staff is thoughtful and helpful.
- Jul. 04, 2023
My son had a great experience here. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the doctor was thorough ... and awesome at helping children.
- Jun. 15, 2023
Great service and staff that and they take Medicaid

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Crown Vision Center - Alton: 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 Crown Vision Center - Alton to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(618) 462-7611