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Why do myopics like me have a greater chance of retinal detachment?
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Longer eye
Myopic eyes are usually longer from front to back, so imagine the internal retina as being more stretched and thin and easier to tear and detach.

In brief: Longer eye
Myopic eyes are usually longer from front to back, so imagine the internal retina as being more stretched and thin and easier to tear and detach.
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Thinner Retinas
Myopes have longer eyes and thinner retinas than the rest of the population.
They also have a higher rate of weak spots, called lattice degeneration, which can predispose to retinal detachment. You should get checked regularly by a retina specialist

In brief: Thinner Retinas
Myopes have longer eyes and thinner retinas than the rest of the population.
They also have a higher rate of weak spots, called lattice degeneration, which can predispose to retinal detachment. You should get checked regularly by a retina specialist
Dr. Bernard Godley
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David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Shape of the eyeball
In myopia, the shape of the eyeball causes the image you're viewing to be focused in front of the retina, making it easier to see close objects.
This shape also causes the retinal to be more tightly stretched across the back of the eye, increasing the chance that it can detach. This is more of a problem in folks who are severely nearsighted.

In brief: Shape of the eyeball
In myopia, the shape of the eyeball causes the image you're viewing to be focused in front of the retina, making it easier to see close objects.
This shape also causes the retinal to be more tightly stretched across the back of the eye, increasing the chance that it can detach. This is more of a problem in folks who are severely nearsighted.
David Miller
David Miller
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