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Doctor insights on: Pathological Myopia

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Eyes have myopia of -4.00 and -4.50 and I am 29/male/white. Have had astigmatism since I was very young. Am afraid of pathological myopia. Is this rare?

Eyes have myopia of -4.00 and -4.50 and I am 29/male/white. Have had astigmatism since I was very young. Am afraid of pathological myopia. Is this rare?

Not likely: The amount of myopia you have would be generally classified as moderate (you say you have astigmatism but your prescription as described does not show it). Pathologic changes in the eye are more typically seen with higher degrees of astigmatism than you have. To be sure, you should have a dilated examination with a careful check of your retina and the retinal periphery. ...Read more

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I currently am at a -5.5 prescription at 19 (also male) and I'm still encountering a progression in worsening vision. Does this mean I have pathological myopia?

I currently am at a -5.5 prescription at 19 (also male) and I'm still encountering a progression in worsening vision. Does this mean I have pathological myopia?

Pathologic myopia: Pathologic or degenerative myopia is high myopia (-6.00D), also known as near-sightedness, with any posterior myopia-specific pathology from axial elongation (meaning changes inside the eye/the retina due to the bigger eyeball length). Excessive computer work, near work is causing an epidemic of myopia & pathologic myopia. See: http://eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com/2016/11/pathologic-myopia-or-degenerati ...Read more

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I have myopic degeneration. Is that pathological myopia? OD: -15D macular pucker OS: -12D 1mm pigment on retina Both:100% PVD w/floaters gnats flashes

I have myopic degeneration. Is that pathological myopia? OD: -15D macular pucker OS: -12D 1mm pigment on retina Both:100% PVD w/floaters gnats flashes

See retina specialit: Do you mean macular degeneration? It appears that you need an eye doctor specialized on the retina and macular. Don't delay another second since your eyesight may depend on it. ...Read more

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Is medium myopia worse than high myopia?

Is medium myopia worse than high myopia?

Not logical: The higher the myopia, the greater the need for glasses and the greater the need for more power. So high myopia is "worse". However most myopia, even high myopia, can be corrected with contacts or glasses. Check with you ophthalmologist for the best options. ...Read more

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How do I stop my myopia from progressing?

How do I stop my myopia from progressing?

You can't: There is some evidence that the degree of myopia progression can be decreased with certain treatments (bright light when reading as a child, certain contact lens wear), but there is nothing that has been consistently shown to work. Fortunately, the progression usually stops in early adulthood. If not, see an eye doctor to discuss options to treat you. ...Read more

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Are there ways to know the cause of your myopia?

Are there ways to know the cause of your myopia?

Yes: You have myopia because your eye is longer than normal. Rarely myopia is caused by an unusually curvy cornea or lens in a person with a normal length eye. The length of your eye can be measured but this is not done routinely. ...Read more

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Can myopia be cured? How to make eyesight stable?

Can myopia be cured? How to make eyesight stable?

Corrected; not cured: Myopia is a refractive error that is corrected by the use of glasses, contact lenses, laser refractive surgery, phakic Intraocular lenses, & surgical clear lens exchang. E In some cases an individual may tolerate mild myopia without correction. To date, myopia is not curable. Genetically, myopia is predetermined & generally stabilizes in mid twenties. Exceptions apply infrequently. ...Read more

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I'm starting to think I might have myopia (nearsightedness). What should I do?

I'm starting to think I might have myopia (nearsightedness). What should I do?

Examination: The best way to be sure what your refraction is: get an exam by an eye doctor. It is a bit unusual to become near-sighted at age 48. Another good reason to go and have a thorough examination. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would myopia worsen after 14-16?

Yes: Typically as a child reaches adulthood myopia can stabilze. However, myopia can worsen throughout an adult's life, especially if you're a doctor or a lawyer. ;-). ...Read more

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Are colored contacts ok for a person with myopia?

Are colored contacts ok for a person with myopia?

Yes: They come in a variety of colors and have correction for myopia. Ask your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a person with myopia go blind?

Might it be that a a person with myopia go blind?

Not usually: Common levels of myopia are not associated with blindness. Extreme levels of myopia can be associated with retinal detachment and myopic retinal degeneration which have potential for vision loss. An example of extreme myopia is an eyeglass prescription of -10.00 or more. ...Read more

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Are there contacts for both astigmatism and myopia?

Are there contacts for both astigmatism and myopia?

Yes: There are toric contact lenses that will correct for both near sighted ness and astigmatism. Also traditional rigid gas permeable lenses will also be able to offer you correction. ...Read more

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What are the differences between astigmatism & myopia?

What are the differences between astigmatism & myopia?

See below: Myopia, or nearsightedness, is usually caused by the eye being longer than the focusing power. Astigmatism is when the cornea (the front window of the eye) is not spherical - more like a football than a basketball. ...Read more

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I have myopia. Want to do the femtosecond lesser surgery.

Femtosecond LASIK: Surgery of the cornea has been a proven method for myopia. It is one of the safest procedures on the human body and with the introduction of femtosecond laser to produce the corneal flap it is even safer. Evaluation for dry eye syndrome and retinal abnormalities is a must prior to any type of lasik or prk procedure. ...Read more

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At what degree of myopia is it sensible to wear contacts daily?

At what degree of myopia is it sensible to wear contacts daily?

Your choice!: When you are fully dependent on glasses for your myopia, it makes sense to wear contacts daily. If you don't feel that you need glasses most of your day, then it may not make sense to go through that hassle. ...Read more

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Can myopia be prevented?

Not so far: Much work has been done to try and modify myopia including certain topical drops, some forms of surgery, bifocals at a young age and various optical additions. So far there is minimal to no change noted. Research is ongoing to determine environmental, structural and genetic factors modifying eye development, but this is laboratory information only at this date. ...Read more

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Tips to prevention of myopia?

Tips to prevention of myopia?

Atropine...: ..Drops have been shown to have some effect in the slowing down of progressive myopia, but needs to be taken in childhood for years. ...Read more

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Astigmatism myopia -- is it harmful?

No: These are ordinary errors of refraction 9a need for optical correction) and are not harmful even if uncorrected. They may cause you to see less clearly unless corrected. ...Read more

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Can I help myopia while wearing glasses?

Can I help myopia while wearing glasses?

Probably not: In general, you cannot alter your need for glasses by wearing or not wearing them (assuming that you have the correct prescription). Thus, your myopia will neither be worsened or be stabalized by wearing glasses - glasses simply make the vision as clear as possible. Wearing glasses will not make you more dependent on them, and not wearing them will not cause vision loss (except in young children. ...Read more

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Which prescription is considered severe myopia?

There is no: Agreement about this, but many would consider -6.00 or more as "high myopia". ...Read more

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How effective is visian ICL for treating myopia?

How effective is visian ICL for treating myopia?

Icl: Currently icl is most often used for patients that are not lasik or prk candidates often due to the amount of myopia or thickness of the cornea
It is very effective at treating myopia although the results are not quite as precise as laser refractive surgery ...Read more

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How severe is -3 diopter astigmatism and -8 diopter myopia?

Myopia: Nearsightedness or myopia is very common. It is not uncommon for us to see patients who are -10 diopters or more. Be sure you have a dilated retinal exam every year and you know what retinal detachment signs look like (burst of black floaters, flashing lights, new floaters, curtain coming down over your vision); consider polycarbonate glasses for protection especially during sports. ...Read more

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What level of myopia would cancel out presbyopia as you age?

What level of myopia would cancel out presbyopia as you age?

Depends on age: Myopic glasses should be worn for reading to age 43-4 so you don't become early presbyopic. Presbyopia advances with age usually 45 =+1.25, 50 =+2.00 55= +2.25, >60 = +2.50. It may vary depending on other illnesses ; meds. So if you are a -2.00 you may read without glasses from 44 to 55. But if -6.00 you must wear a -4.75, bifocals/multifocals at age 45. If not accommodation ; convergence weakens. ...Read more