Vision Therapy in Boerne

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 Boerne

Our optometry practice in Boerne

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 12:30 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 Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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  • Aetna
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Patient Reviews
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- Aug. 19, 2023
My family has been seeing Dr Arrieta for more than 16 years. He and the Staff are incredible! Always... plenty of time to answer questions and explain how things work. He prides himself on always having the latest technology and pairs that with an incredible amount of knowledge! I recommend him without hesitation and with great admiration!
- Sep. 21, 2022
We have been coming here for almost 20 years. They are fantastic and have a wonderful selection of g... lasses and sunglasses. Family atmosphere.
- Apr. 01, 2022
We have been visiting this location for years and have been happy with the Dr's and staff.
- Oct. 29, 2021
Friendly staff and was seen at my scheduled time. Dr was able to answer all questions and provide v... aluable information. Never felt rushed..excellent care
- Aug. 30, 2021
I have been going to Vision Source for 4-5 years if not more. They are always very nice and helpful.... The doctors are full of information and take time to answer questions and have conversations with you.
- Aug. 27, 2021
Great service from a wonderful staff!
- Aug. 27, 2021
Everyone here is really friendly and informative. I’ve only been going to this vision source for a... bout a year, but every time I’m there I have a great experience!
- Aug. 19, 2021
Love the eye care I receive from Dr Arrieta and his staff is always professional and friendly.
- Aug. 03, 2021
Friendly people that work there, would definitely recommend
- Aug. 03, 2021
Outstanding service and thorough eye exam
- Jul. 31, 2021
Dr. Nguyen was very personable and made sure to understand how I work to ensure that she gave the ri... ght prescription. Highly recommend.
- Jul. 29, 2021
Very happy with the service overall. Friendly staff, great doctor who listens and is also informativ... e. Also found they had a good selection of frames at reasonable prices.
- Jul. 21, 2021
Very thorough, professional exam and extremely helpful with eyeglasses..not only with selection and ... fitting but also regarding warranty repairs and scratch replacement.
- Jul. 21, 2021
Don’t hesitate to come here for your vision needs. Every visit has been wonderful and I have alway... s felt like I’m the only patient they have to deal with all day. I never feel rushed and the doctors take the time to answer all questions.
- Jul. 19, 2021
Very polite, answered all my questions. My first time there and if I need further care I will ret... urn
- Jul. 07, 2021
Amazing office everyone was very nice. I didn’t wait at all the providers have been very knowledge... able and super friendly. They explain everything so you understand and don’t get confused during your visit.
- Jun. 16, 2021
Vision Source in Boerne is the best! Employees are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Dr. Ngu... yen is amazing! She is very thorough and takes her time with each examination and follows up, when needed. She really cares about her patients as individuals. I would definitely recommend Vision Source!
- Jun. 05, 2021
Today was my first visit at Boerne Vision Source and I am so pleased! I’ve been a contact lens wea... rer for many years. Our insurance recently changed so I had to switch providers. I was not looking forward to a new doctor but I am THRILLED with my visit. I received a much more thorough exam than I had in years. I highly recommend Boerne Vision Source!
- Jun. 04, 2021
Vision Source has always been a great office to work with. The office is always super clean and the ... support staff is always cordial and welcoming. Dr. Arrieta has taken great care of me and my needs every time I come in. I always like to support local businesses that do a great job and you’ll be glad you chose these guys.
- May. 27, 2021
Very well run office and we have gone to Dr. Nguyen for years. She is excellent and worth the lengt... hy drive we now take to keep her as our eye doc.

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Hill Country Vision Center - Boerne: 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 Hill Country Vision Center - Boerne to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(830) 249-8090