Vision Therapy in Mont Belvieu

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 Mont Belvieu

Our optometry practice in Mont Belvieu

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 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 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday By Appointment
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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Patient Reviews
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- Dec. 05, 2023
It was my first time there and I was impressed. Everyone was very nice and my appointment started o... n time. Loved the young eye doctor that I saw.
- Nov. 16, 2023
Dr. Mathews is the only doctor I have seen there and he is awesome! He is very nice and is easy to w... ork with. He puts a personal touch on each visit and is easy to understand. He is the only doctor I will use!
- Oct. 31, 2023
Very friendly and professional staff.. it was a pleasure
- Oct. 28, 2023
Friendly staff and excellent care. I couldn't ask for more from an eye care center!
- Oct. 27, 2023
Great place for an eye exam! Staff was friendly and helpful and Dr. Mathews was terrific.
- Oct. 25, 2023
Always friendly and eager to help. Great service and knowledgeable staff.
- Oct. 19, 2023
Great staff and doctor were easy to talk to.
- Oct. 18, 2023
Great customer service. Always greeted with a smile when you enter. Dr. Matthews is very professiona... l and always kind, informative and an excellent doctor.
- Sep. 29, 2023
The staff here is amazing. They’re super helpful and informative.
- Sep. 26, 2023
Wonderful service. Very impressed.
- Sep. 20, 2023
Tha staff was wonderful. There was just a few minutes wait time. Dr. Mathews took time with me to ... explain the condition of my eyes and what treatment was needed. I would highly recommend any one needing eye care go to this facility!
- Sep. 19, 2023
Amazing support from Yolanda and the TSO team. Five Stars customer service. I live in Miami and have... never had such a great experience as the one my daughter got from the TSO team in Springs, Texas. Thank you all, AMAZING!!!
- Sep. 11, 2023
Everyone was very courteous as usual. And everyone was very helpful with all my needs and questions.... Plan to come back for many many more years.
- Sep. 08, 2023
Prompt appointment. Dr. Matthews is great. Staff is friendly!
- Sep. 07, 2023
Very friendly and they were helpful. I'm definitely going back for my eye exam.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Awesome, professional and friendly service.
- Aug. 17, 2023
Didn’t take long to get an appointment. VERY friendly KNOWLEDGEABLE staff. I had insurance issues ... and they helped me sort it out. I’m hoping once I get my glasses , they fit well and I can see properly, it will be the perfect visit.
- Aug. 11, 2023
Incredibly nice, and helpful staff! Made my daughter’s first eye exam so easy.
- Aug. 07, 2023
The staff was very professional and office was clean and Dr. Matthew's was very knowledgeable and ve... ry nice and explained everything that was done to me and what he seen on my picture.
- Aug. 04, 2023
I had my annual eye exam today with Dr. Mathews. We received stellar treatment from the moment we wa... lked in, until we left. Dr. Mathews is very knowledgeable and has a WONDERFUL bedside manner!

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Memorial Eye Center - Mont Belvieu: 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 Memorial Eye Center - Mont Belvieu to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(832) 981-7276