Myopic Degeneration

What is Myopia?

iShort-sightedness, or myopia, is a vision problem resulting from excessively long growth of the eye-ball, or a steeply curved cornea. Myopia up to 3.0 dioptres (D) is termed mild degree, 3.0 to 6.0D is moderate degree and high degree is 6.0D and over. A dioptre is a measurement of the focusing power of a lens. Most commonly, myopia will stabilize when the growth process has been completed and will result in normal sight after correction with glasses, for example. High degree myopia (sometimes known as pathological myopia or degenerative myopia) is a chronic, degenerative condition which can create problems because of its association with degenerative changes at the back of the eye.

What are the effects of the condition?

Myopia causes light rays to focus on the front of the retina and so close objects are seen clearly whilst distant objects appear blurred. Near vision can deteriorate to a level where even very close to the face become hard to focus. There is a slight danger of sight loss since the deformation of the eye creates stress on the retina which can become damaged or detached and can also provoke other changes. This is especially the case in high myopia. Although there are procedures for stabilising the myopic eye, treatment only addresses the symptoms and no cure is available.

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