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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 Centerville

Our optometry practice in Centerville

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 3rd Saturday by appointment only.
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- Dec. 19, 2023
Wonderful exam and glasses purchasing experience. Would recommend to anyone and will be back in the ... future.
- Dec. 01, 2023
Everyone was very helpful and polite.
- Oct. 07, 2023
I was and done quickly.
- Aug. 14, 2023
Friendly welcoming staff and Dr. Guinn was very thorough and professional. Could use better magazine... s for the short time spent in the waiting room.
- Jun. 15, 2023
Great Doctor, great staff. Very reassuring that my retina was ok. Very friendly, very calming. Expla... ined everything in terms I can understand.
- Jun. 12, 2023
Very Caring Staff and well experienced as well as the Dr. very welcoming and takes care of my eyes a... s good as I can expect. My glasses are very awesome. Thank you IEC for being in Centerville, Iowa
- Jun. 10, 2023
Awesome staff!!
- Jun. 07, 2023
The staff and Dr. Alletto were very helpful and explained the exam and results in a way I could easi... ly understand! Thanks for a great first experience with an eye exam!
- May. 13, 2023
Fast friendly, very professional and detailed evaluation.
- May. 02, 2023
Great doctor, staff and quick exam time in and out under 30 minutes.
- Apr. 11, 2023
They are wonderful!!!
- Apr. 06, 2023
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- Mar. 25, 2023
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- Mar. 22, 2023
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- Mar. 21, 2023
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- Feb. 08, 2023
Great experience at IEC in Centerville, IA. Wonderful staff! Very helpful and friendly! Dr Daniel Al... letto is a great well educated doctor! They have state of the art equipment to test your eyes. We love going there!
- Nov. 30, 2022
Great staff friendly and informative.
- Oct. 09, 2022
I love the staff and the doctor. Everyone is very friendly and attentive to any need I may have. I h... ave never had a negative experience in all the years I've been going to IEC.
- Oct. 01, 2022
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- Sep. 12, 2022
I highly recommend IEC in Centerville, Iowa. Friendly staff & Dr Alletto is a great doctor. I have... beautiful glasses and I can see so much better. Wonderful experience!

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International Eyecare Center - Centerville: 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 International Eyecare Center - Centerville 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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