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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 First Colony Commons

Our optometry practice in First Colony Commons

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 8:15 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Patient Reviews
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- May. 19, 2024
Dr Walls and the whole staff are amazing!! The eyeglass department is exceptional!! Always there if ... i need an eyeglass adjustment or the have them replaced!!!
- Apr. 03, 2024
Dr Walls and the whole staff are amazing!! The eyeglass department is exceptional!! Always there if ... i need an eyeglass adjustment!! Everyone is knowledgeable and always professional!!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Wiley Walls OD is the best eye doctor. He has been amazing at helping my vision problems after I ha... d an RK surgery in 1990. The staff is wonderful! I am so very pleased with this office.
- Feb. 27, 2024
If you are looking for a Doctor that truly cares with incredible staff, then don’t look any furthe... r! Dr Wells truly cares and takes his time explaining with detail the findings. Its truly hard to find someone like Dr Wells that Makes you feel like family. I went there for my Scalero lens fitting and took my family for regular eye exams. Memorial Eye center in Sugarland is a one stop shop. I would Highly recommended!!!!!!
- Feb. 22, 2024
Dr Walls is an amazing Doctor! After Dr Arnold retired, I didn't think I would like another doctor. ... But Dr Walls has been a great doctor, the next best! He works hard, he really cares about his patients and is very thoughtful. He has called and texted me personally to check on me. The staff is also SUPER helpful! We love Theresa! I can't say enough about the care of all the staff, they're top notch! I would recommend anyone to go see them!
- Nov. 22, 2023
I recommend everyone to come here! The front desk staff are very attentive and helpful. Miss Leslie ... was so sweet and was able to answer any questions/concerns I had. Dr.Walls was my OD, he provided excellent care and made me feel like a valued patient. I recommend this clinic. Awesome staff and great drs!!
- Oct. 27, 2023
Dr. Walls is an amazing eye doctor who specializes in fitting damaged eyes like mine with Scleral co... ntact lenses. These specialists are very hard to find and Dr. Walls is amazing. Theresa, along with the rest of the staff are wonderful to deal with. If you need an outstanding eye doctor that specializes in Scleral contact lenses, and want to get top-shelf service from a friendly staff, this is the place to go.
- Oct. 24, 2023
We have been going there for years. Dr. Horiszny is a wonderful, caring doctor. And the office staff... is great. They are all so helpful and friendly. We wouldn’t go anywhere else for all our eye exams.
- Oct. 18, 2023
Friendly doctors and staff. Very professional service.
- May. 21, 2023
First time going with Dr. Daniel Bui for my eye exam, but he was great and my prescription came out ... perfectly. Also, the staff are nice and helpful, and I want to give a special shoutout to Sylvester! I had a problem with my lenses order initially, but he went above and beyond to make sure the issue is fixed and that I am a satisfied customer. Overall, I've had a positive experience and would recommend!
- Mar. 04, 2022
I was yet, in my 10+ years of wearing glasses, got any of my prescriptions perfect, BUT I can finall... y say I have. Memorial Eye Center in Sugarland got it right!! Dr Joseph was awesome as well. I seriously just can’t believe how well I can see with my new prescription I got today, I had to come here and give a review. Very content customer
- Nov. 22, 2020
Great experience at the eye doctor. Everyone should use Dr. Arnold. Such a Profesional and he has ... a great, welcoming staff.
- Oct. 04, 2019
I have an eye diease called Keratoconus. I've literally been all over Houston to different doctors f... or the past year and nine months trying to get a contact to fit my irregular shaped corneal. It was at the point to where nothing worked. I was making plans on a corneal transplant until Dr. Goosey referred me to Dr. Arnold he said there's a lens called the EyePrintPRO I want see if Dr. Arnold can fit you. I made the appointment and they made a mode of my eye it took several visit and I thought this is never going to work. I received my lens last Saturday it's a true miracle!!! I'm over the moon happy I was reading the eye chart 20/80 before my EyePrintPRO now I can read 20/25! I can't Thank You enough you have changed my life I had major depression with my eye disease and even cried on a couple of visits now I have tears of joy! Thank You so much...
- Jun. 14, 2019
Out of country.. apparently I am way out of visit..sent me my old..same I've been wearing...I owe a ... visit...had no idea I was due ..not on them..I kept pushing text overall...my bad.. thank you Today's
- May. 24, 2019
Dr. Arnold is the best. We drive about 2 hrs. each way just to see him. One can imagine the kind of ... service he & his staff provides for us to drive this far. Been our family’s doctor for about 20+ years. WE JUST DRIVE THEY GO THE EXTRA MILE.
- Feb. 25, 2019
Dr. Arnold is a great caring optometrist. His staff is wonderful and very helpful.
- Nov. 23, 2018
Love the staff after trying american best vision in missouri city which the costumer service is so u... norgainsed took three hours to get paper signed by doctor to order contacts . Never will go back to them . Thank you todays vision for friendly staff
- Aug. 22, 2018
Great customer service! 😁😋 Thank you so much Sylvester and Rachel. This location has wondeful ... staff with great customer service skills. I highly recommend this location
- Aug. 22, 2018
Great customer service! 😁😋 Thank you so much Sylvester and Rachel. This location has wondeful ... staff with great customer service skills. I highly recommend this location.
- May. 05, 2018
Great office and very professional will refer to others!

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Memorial Eye Center - Sugar Land: 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 - Sugar Land 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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