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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 Northwest Bellevue

Our optometry practice in Northwest Bellevue

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

Patient Reviews
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- Jan. 03, 2024
The most outstanding experience. Dr. Wendy is a true sweetheart. She took her time to explain all th... e basics. She has a very calm, sweet and soothing aura that makes you feel like everything in life is going to be alright 😄 we need more people like Dr. Wendy!!!
- Dec. 13, 2023
Ritz Carlton Service Level! The staff are very professional and nice. Dr. Wendy is super professiona... l, highly trained with extensive knowledge, and will give you all the time to explain everything to the customer. They also have a good variety of frames. Pros: Very clean, good parking spots, professional staff, high-end fast service. Cons: I honestly don't have any!
- Dec. 06, 2023
Been coming here for 3 years, never left anything but highly satisfied. Dr. Wendy is extremely patie... nt and happy to answer questions, eye exams are quick and efficient, all staff members are super sweet. They are transparent about costs, a refreshing departure from most of the medical industry. I don't even live in Bellevue anymore but don't have the heart to find anyone closer, y'all rock!
- Oct. 02, 2023
Amazing, been coming here for years!
- Aug. 25, 2023
Optometrist and optician who provided service for me today were very welcoming, knowledgeable, and h... elpful. The optician (sorry, forgot her name!) went above and beyond to help me fix my sunglasses. Unlike many other clinics I've been to, they were not pushy and did not try to sell me something I did not need. I would highly recommend this clinic.
- Dec. 20, 2022
Excellent customer service and treatment and my son felt very comfortable. Thank you for such excell... ent service.
- Dec. 10, 2022
Very friendly staff and Dr. Hoang is great!
- Sep. 28, 2022
Highly recommend them! Dr. Huang listens to my need, and open to adjustment! My prescription is str... ong, and hard to fit, but very happy with the result! I got both contact lens and frame glasses with them. With the contact lens they fit me, I'm able to wear contact lens for the whole day and almost every day. Previously, I had to take a break. Now I can take off the contacts when I'm about to sleep, and put them in when I wake up. I also like the frame glass from them. The assistant help me to pick frames. The new frame sits so well on my asian face, and doesn't touch my cheeks at all. Very happy!
- Aug. 11, 2022
Amazing doctor and staff 🙂
- Aug. 04, 2022
Literally the best customer service I've ever gotten anywhere. From the appointment scheduling to wh... en I picked up my glasses, everyone who works here have been kind and helpful. The eye exam itself was the most thorough exam I've ever gotten. Dr Hoang, Nikki and Luba were very patient and welcoming. Nikki explained my insurance coverage line by line, going over all the alternative options. When I was picking frames, she even collected all the frames that suited what I was looking for and put them all on the table for me to try on. She also tweaked the frames that I was interested in so that I'd know accurately how they fit before making a decision. The glasses took about ~2 weeks to come in. When I picked it up this morning, Luba took the time to fix my glasses over and over until they were comfortable and not falling off. She was patient and kind, didn't rush the process or made me feel like I was bothering her (this is true for the everyone here). Can't recommend this place enough. Great service, great exam, great glasses.
- Jun. 29, 2022
Great place for an eye exam. They offer a great selection of frames too. Dr. Huang was very informat... ive and explained my overall eye health and hygiene tips to prep me for LASIK. I would highly recommend!
- May. 26, 2022
Excellent service as always. Will continue with my eye care, the staff from the front to the back al... ways helpful and thorough.
- May. 10, 2022
I'm so glad I found Vision Plus Bellevue years ago. Dr Huang and her staff are excellent, take such... good care of me, the office is run smoothly and professionally, and they manage insurance without any effort from me! 5 stars!
- Feb. 22, 2022
I am an optometrist myself and I was greatly impressed by Vision Plus Bellevue and its entire team. ... Dr. Huang is a skilled optometrist with great bedside manners. Nikki is a personable optical assistant who is always on top of things. I think one of the reasons why Vision Plus Bellevue is so well run is because of its office manager, Luba. She is a proficient optician who demonstrates patience and exceptional quality of care. Overall, I highly recommend this optical.
- Feb. 17, 2022
Nikki is awesome! Everyone is. Nikki especially is so patient and helps me pick the best designs, su... per communicative, and very professional. I have been seeing them for 2 years now and they will be my permanent people!
- Feb. 10, 2022
Excellent doc. Wonderful staff. Great service. Thorough exam. Yay, Vision Plus!
- Jan. 06, 2022
We have been going to Vision Plus Bellevue since we moved here last summer. The staff is amazing and... always accommodating to help us. I have a 10 year old that constantly needs help With his glasses and the staff is always ready to help and in a good mood. I also just took my 5 year old for a Well check up and Dr. Wendy is AMAZING She was very patient, explaining step by step on what needed to be done! I couldn’t be happier we are clients of this place! Highly recommended!
- Nov. 19, 2021
I was seen at this fantastic practice this week for the first time. I will be a regular patient goin... g forward! They embody everything my prior provider WASN’T… they are incredibly sharp, professional and kind. Dr. super thorough, office staff very supportive. They’re good about getting you in sooner than later in this crazy mess, too. Definitely recommend!
- Jul. 07, 2021
All of stuffs are so friendly and very knowledgable. And the precription and lens fit me perfectly. ... I would not go elsewhere if they keep it up.
- Mar. 05, 2021
This is my second visit to Vision Plus Bellevue and honestly can’t recommend them enough! Nicole o... n the front desk is super friendly and detail oriented - she checked all insurance information and provided the best option for both my husband and me. Dr. Wendy Huang is super knowledgeable and thorough. She explained every little detail in a very relatable way and has great, modern equipment. They have a very good frame selection and I was actually a bit disappointed to hear that I can keep my current pair of glasses, which I bought from them two years ago.

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Vision Care Bellevue: 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 Vision Care Bellevue to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(425) 451-7798