Vision Therapy in Lemont

The Link Between High Myopia and Serious Eye Diseases

(630) 243-2020

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.

woman rubbing eyes


man rubbing eyes

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 Lemont

Our optometry practice in Lemont

Photograph of Sam Forzley
Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

Patient Reviews
4.7
116 Reviews
5
4
3
2
1
- Apr. 10, 2024
Forzley Eye Clinic is awesome. From the great staff to the professional Doctors. Dr. Flora was very ... helpful with getting me in right away today when I ended up having an eyelash stuck in my eye causing major pain and irritation. He was quick to figure out the problem and the whole process was quick and painless. I recommend Forzley to anyone who is looking for an eye doctor.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Dr. Forzley has been my eye provider since the year he hung out his shingle and had an office on Sta... te Street. He is one of the most thoughtful and caring providers I have worked with. He listens, makes great recommendations and follows up. I have been so happy being one of his patients that I brought in my own kids to see him and now my husband is a patient. he is a gem!!!!
- May. 16, 2023
After waking up with an eye infection last Saturday, I stopped by Forzley Eye Clinic to see if they ... could help me. They readily worked me into their schedule, and I left with a prescription for the infection. Everyone was both professional and kind. Much appreciated!
- Jan. 17, 2023
My wife and I left Target Optical for Forzley Eye Clinic and couldn’t be happier. Dr. Flora was fr... iendly, professional, and efficient. The optician Jess offered excellent customer service and was very helpful in selecting glasses for us to try on. Highly recommend this place.
- Oct. 07, 2022
The absolute best, most thorough eye exam I've ever had. Staff was knowledgeable, professional and f... riendly. They had my best interests in mind and weren't just trying to sell me on things. Been wearing glasses pretty much my whole life and this was the absolute best experience I've ever had. Highly recommend.
- Oct. 04, 2022
Love Dr. Forzley. He and his staff are very nice and professional, every visit.
- Aug. 24, 2022
Dr. Forzley is awesome. Best eye care available.
- Jul. 21, 2022
Outstanding!
- Apr. 11, 2022
Staff was super friendly. Doc was great, extremely knowledgeable and thorough. Discussed all option... s to help me make best decision for myself. Would highly recommended.
- Feb. 23, 2022
Dr. Forzley is one of the best Doctors I have ever dealt with in both to his medical skill but most ... importantly his relationship with his patients. He is truly a good man who cares about the people he attends to. He listens and explains everything to the patient so you leave knowing any issues or problems. I recently took my elderly father to see him due to a sudden loss of vision and the entire staff could not have been better. Not only did they take care of him but Dr. Forzley called me on a Sunday just to follow up and make sure everything was okay. Not many Doctors do that on their days off. This is a man who should be teaching his profession to the future Doctors out there. I could not be more happy with Dr. Forzley and his entire staff.
- Feb. 15, 2022
I've been going to Dr. Forzley for years. I can't say enough about him, as well as his staff. The be... st eye doctor with the friendliest staff. I have recommended friends and family over the years.
- Feb. 01, 2022
Friendly staff, great doctors.
- Jan. 28, 2022
Great eye doctor office.
- Jan. 13, 2022
Love this eye doctor practice and glasses shop! I’ve been going here for most of my life and have ... never had any major issues. Everyone is always lovely.
- Dec. 09, 2021
Dr. Forzley, his staff and all the people there were professional, knowledgeable, kind , friendly an... d very helpful. couldn’t ask for a better place for Eye Care. God bless them all.
- Dec. 03, 2021
Have been seeing Dr Forzely for many years. His office staff is friendly but very professional at al... l times. They have all the answers your questions. Dr. Forzely is so helpful and is experienced with all optical problems you may have. He addresses any of your concerns competently and concisely. With all the COVID practices now, the office has adapted many safety procedures to make you feel very secure. Just can't praise Dr. Forzely and his office enough. I recommend him highly. You'll be happy if you have him and his team assisting you. Gloria Slomiany.
- Dec. 01, 2021
Everyone in this office were very friendly and helpful! My wife and I were very impressed with the q... uality service we had received!
- Nov. 19, 2021
Everyone was friendly and the experience was comfortable. Would recommend.
- Nov. 05, 2021
Dr. Forzley is the best! Very knowledgeable, answers all questions and friendly (Same with the staff... ) Always has great products and state of the art equipment.
- Oct. 11, 2021
I have been a patient of Dr. Forzley’s for over 10 years. So when I had an emergency injury to my ... eye,I called the office to explain.The office staff communicated with Dr. Forzley and arranged an appointment for me that same day. I did not have to wait when I arrived at the office.. I was treated very kindly and Dr. Forzley’s treatment was excellent and my injury is healing! I highly recommend this friendly professional office!

View All 116 Reviews

woman with contact in mirror

Forzley Eye Clinic: 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 Forzley Eye Clinic to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(630) 243-2020