Vision Therapy in Chagrin Falls

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 Chagrin Falls

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  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 22, 2024
All staff are lovely and professional! I keep returning due to the personable care and great frames... selection!
- Feb. 21, 2024
Friendly staff, good location, good service.
- Feb. 06, 2024
Everything from scheduling as a new patient to getting my new pair of glasses felt simple and easy. ... Staff was very friendly and foster a calm and welcoming feeling.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Linda who handles the glasses is the best. Her personality is excellent and she is always helpful i... n any and all situations. Thanks Linda!
- Jan. 25, 2024
They went above and beyond to help me and my husband when we needed an out of state renewal of our d... rivers license and eye exam to accompany the application.
- Jan. 15, 2024
Very friendly and professional. Great service!
- Jan. 06, 2024
Up beat atmosphere and happy smiling people.
- Jan. 06, 2024
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended.
- Dec. 07, 2023
The entire staff were helpful, polite and professional. Would be happy to continue with services at ... Tanglewood Family Eyecare. Dr. Erin Mackanos was just wonderful.
- Dec. 01, 2023
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Tanglewood Family Eyecare for an eye examination, and the ex... perience was nothing short of outstanding! The administrative process was a breeze; the staff at the front desk ensured that the documentation and HIPAA form-filling were quick and efficient. Dr. Erin Mackanos, O.D., was fantastic! She displayed incredible patience, taking the time to address all my questions thoroughly. What sets her apart is her genuine dedication to comprehensive care; I never felt rushed during the appointment. The entire team at Tanglewood Family Eyecare deserves applause for their exceptional service. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the level of attention to patient care is truly commendable. I highly recommend Tanglewood Family Eyecare for anyone seeking top-notch eye care in a friendly and professional environment. Kudos to Dr. Mackanos and the entire team for providing an outstanding experience!
- Nov. 28, 2023
Dr. Mackinos is excellent.
- Oct. 24, 2023
I highly recommend Tanglewood Family Eyecare. They are knowledgeable, kind, considerate and friendly... .
- Oct. 17, 2023
The facility is nice , the staff is wonderful, and the doctor is fantastic …Highly recommend
- Oct. 06, 2023
Everyone was great!! Very informative, welcoming and kind. Definitely recommend!
- Sep. 27, 2023
Dr Mackanos is amazing, she really listened to my concerns and what I needed. She has an exceptional... way of teaching, she helped me with my contacts in 1,2,3.
- Sep. 08, 2023
I am impressed with the level of customer service in this office. Nice people, and very helpful!
- Aug. 25, 2023
Great staff and Dr. Mackanos rocks it! She’s efficient, friendly and has a great sense of humor!
- Aug. 17, 2023
Great experience! Dr. Mackanos always does an incredible job explaining her process. I’ve been wea... ring glasses since before grade school and have NEVER had a doctor even attempt to explain my eye exam to me. She does it in a succinct and thoughtful manner, showing her knowledge of the eye and her respect for her patients.
- Aug. 17, 2023
Great experience so far. Going back for a second pair!
- Aug. 04, 2023
Alway a pleasant experience. My eye care provider for 20+ years.

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Tanglewood Family Eyecare: 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 Tanglewood Family Eyecare to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(440) 543-5186