Vision Therapy in Cross Roads

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 Cross Roads

Our optometry practice in Cross Roads

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas

Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 16, 2024
Dr. Middleton and the staff did a great job making the boys feel comfortable during our visit. Overa... ll great experience for my boys.
- Feb. 06, 2024
This is a friendly, professional team that makes every part of the process as smooth and effortless ... as possible. The doctor was fast without being rushed, and explained everything that was happening in understandable terms. Great visit and already recommended to my wife who is looking for a new place to get her eyes examined.
- Feb. 05, 2024
All Doctors and staff are wonderful from start to finish. Everybody is so welcoming. I LOVE my new g... lasses!! They have price points from what insurance covers to a designer pair. I
- Jan. 19, 2024
Amazing experience!! Everyone was friendly and attentive, and the big selection of glasses is nice b... ut not overwhelming. The lady ordering the prescription and frames was very nice, and she made double sure on everything regarding insurance coverage and if the glasses fit properly. The eye doctor was easy-going, thorough, and made the exam feel quick and easy. Compared to visionworks, which I had a horrible time there a year or two ago (they got my prescription completely wrong and communication was awful), this place feels way more professional. Definitely come here for a quality experience and exam!
- Jan. 13, 2024
The staff is amazing. They take time to help through the entire eye care experience
- Dec. 22, 2023
This is our first time visiting. All employees are professional and efficient, no over solicitation ... .Paul is our doctor , he is very patient and knowledgeable, will come back definitely
- Dec. 09, 2023
Dr. Coleman was excellent. He was knowledgeable and kind. The technology here is comprehensive and t... hey accept insurance.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Staff is very friendly & accommodating. I saw Dr. Coleman & he was professional & answered all of my... questions. He is top notch!! I highly recommend!!
- Dec. 02, 2023
Great Dr. Thank Dr. Coleman for your superb care!
- Nov. 10, 2023
Can’t say enough good things about the staff here. Great doctor, great help with picking out my fr... ames. So easy and so friendly!
- Nov. 06, 2023
The eye place is very inviting. Both the doctors and employees are very knowledgeable and caring. Gr... eat location to complete both eye exams and purchase glasses or contact.
- Nov. 05, 2023
Great service and friendly staff
- Oct. 20, 2023
Great experience!
- Oct. 07, 2023
Outstanding Optometrists and staff, along with a good variety of frames and sunglasses:)
- Oct. 06, 2023
Friendly, attentive, efficient and quick experience!! Dr. Paul was so kind!
- Oct. 06, 2023
Great staff
- Sep. 11, 2023
Mady & Kathy are the absolute BEST!!!!
- Sep. 06, 2023
Great atmosphere... Fast, caring and efficient service
- Aug. 24, 2023
Great staff and doctors. The staff treated my family. This is our first time at Total Eyecare & Eyew... ear Gallery. They are professional, quick, knowledgeable, and has up-to-date technology. The front staff were very patient with teaching my teen how to use contacts. More patient than I am. The office is welcoming with an upscale ambiance. I've been wearing glasses for about 10 years, Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery is the best office that I have encountered. Keep up the great work!
- Aug. 16, 2023
The Drs at Total Eyecare are the best!!

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Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery - Cross Roads: 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 Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery - Cross Roads to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(940) 488-4228