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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.

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- Jun. 04, 2024
Highly recommend!
- May. 09, 2024
Dr. Natalie and the team at Wear are the best. I was a patient here for several years before moving ... and trying a few different optometrists in the following years. I finally came back to Wear and was reminded how personal and friendly they treat all their patients and how awesome, knowledgable and understanding Dr. Natalie is. Best in the city!
- May. 07, 2024
Friendly, joyful staff and my doctor was thorough with my eye examination. Nothing more to ask for.... Thank you!
- Mar. 03, 2024
I had a really good experience with Wear Eyewear in River North. They carry ic Berlin and were able... to order the frames I wanted but that they didn't stock. Their service was great - they helped me hone in my prescription after I wasn't satisfied with my original prescription from a different company. They weren't pushy on the sales side, which I appreciate. Highly recommended!
- Jan. 13, 2024
Fast, efficient, and simple ordering process from start to finish. Luxurious office and welcoming on... e-to-one atmosphere. Friendly staff! I'll be back here for my next pair when I learn more about the eyewear community and industry.
- Dec. 06, 2023
Wear Eyewear- Chicago location. I’ve been a patient of the fabulous team at Wear EyeWear Chicago ... for over a year now, and I am extremely happy with the care I get there. To start, the space is a boutique business, so if you like personalized care unlike what the chain stores offer then this is your spot . I liked that fact that I got the expertise of an experienced optometrist , and experienced opticians. Dr. Natalie Wozny is the best. She is warm and inviting. I was really shocked that in the brief time we talk last year, she remembered our last conversation on my most recent visit this year. My vision after she examined me is much clearer and crisper. I didn’t know how blind I was, until she cleaned my prescription up; and I mean cleaned it up. Thank You Dr Wozny.👀😊❤️ After my eye exam. I got to work with Joe Winjum who is an involved owner. He help find me the best pair of glasses. I mean when It comes to glasses, I’m a picky person; then again we all are. But I was impressed with his ability to get me out of my comfort zone, and changing my view on what kind of glasses fit my face. I’m extremely happy with my purchases. Thank you Thank you Joe😊 Finally, Nicole is awesome, she’s always very professional and welcoming. I remember her nods when the glasses are a win. Thank you Thank you Nicole If you want expertise, experience and personalized care- Wear eyewear Chicago or Orland Park are your place to go.
- Oct. 28, 2023
Great experience. I was seen promptly by Dr. Natalie Wozny, she answered all my questions and gave m... e different options, without making my visit few rushed. Front office was also great, they have a wide selection of frames and gave me feedback while picking out the prefect pair of glasses 🙂
- Mar. 24, 2023
Very good office staff to work with. They are very knowledgeable and professional. Thank you for you... r outstanding service.
- Dec. 12, 2022
Great selection of eyewear & great customer service!!
- Apr. 21, 2022
Super nice people! Clean store. Right off the Chicago Brown Line. They expertly fixed my glasses! Th... anks, Wear!
- Sep. 08, 2021
Dr. Jones is the best eye doctor I have ever had, and I've seen many over my lifetime. His exams are... always thorough, he has the latest diagnostic equipment, he's passionate about his profession and compassionate with his patients. I feel confident in his diagnoses and appreciate his pragmatic approach to treating all my eye woes. He also does an exceptional job fitting contact lenses. Highly recommend!!
- Mar. 05, 2021
INDEPENDENTLY OWNED & OPERATED with friendly, very professional and knowledgeable eye care. I get al... l my glasses from Wear Eyewear! They have such a great variety of high-end frames. But the people at Wear Eyewear is what makes this store amazing. I received outstanding customer service from Joe in Chicago! Joe & Maria both were so wonderful with helping me find the perfect pair of glasses and making adjustments when it wasn't quite right. Of course it all starts with a fantastic doctor! Natalie Wozny Glebiv, O.D. took her time with me, which resulted in the most comprehensive eye exam with a nice sharp prescription. Thanks to all at Wear Eyewear!
- Dec. 21, 2020
I am so grateful that I have Dr. Jones for an eye doctor. His patience and ability to explain the s... ituation is superb. The communication between Dr. Jones and his staff is what makes their services rise above and beyond!! Thank you all for everything you do for your patients. It is extremely admirable.
- Jul. 15, 2020
This place was amazing. I saw Dr. Natalie Wozny and she was wonderful. The front desk staff was also... so kind. Such a smooth great experience. Happy I made the switch to Wear Eyewear!
- Jan. 22, 2020
I could not recommend this optometrist enough. I truly hated my last eye doctor and dreaded going, b... ut I will be coming back here as long as I live in Chicago. Easy, painless, helpful, smart... the list goes on.
- Nov. 07, 2019
Great customer service from the staff, bedside manner from the doctor, great selection of eyewear. I... ’m happy I found my new “eye home.”
- Jul. 30, 2019
Stopped in for a quick chat about my sunglasses. Nate took good care of me and even cleaned my glass... es for me. Will return
- Jun. 04, 2018
I wasn't believing in the reviews I read, because it were were TOO amazing for being true. However, ... after I visited the place, I can confirm that it is all all true! Dr. Jones is super patient and professional. He also explained all the information during the exam with lots of details. The appointment was on-time and very quick. They also have nice eyeglasses options. Will be back for sure.
- May. 14, 2018
I have nothing but great things to say about Wear Eyewear. I moved here from Texas, needing a new ey... e doctor, and I've been going here for the last two years. The appointments are always on-time and very quick. They are very helpful with questions and I've even called the receptionist to help me with insurance questions and a time when I ran out of contacts! Love this place.
- May. 12, 2018
Dr. Wozny was great! My appointment only took about half an hour, and they have a cool camera to loo... k at the back of your eye so they didn't have to do dilation. Even though I had not had an eye appointment in two years and my prescription might have changed, they did not try to upsell me on new, expensive frames and offered a trial for some new contacts. Dr. Wozny was also very thorough and explained everything she was doing, and answered all my questions.

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Wear Eyewear - Chicago: 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 Wear Eyewear - Chicago 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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