50 yo Mayan Male: -17.00 with Bilateral Posterior Staphyloma
Myopia Management: Does It Really Matter?
As myopia control gains coverage in national
media, some eye care practitioners find
themselves asking the question: ‘Why should
I care?’. After all, what is the big deal if
someone ends up -6.00 instead of -3.00?
They are still myopic, right? They will still
need glasses or contacts to see and function.
Let’s examine a few points that may
underscore why myopia management
Why We Care
- Preventative Care Is King: You expect
your health care providers to have your
best interests at heart. Let’s look at the
example of cardiology. You would
expect your cardiologist to counsel you
to take action to reduce the risk of a
cardiovascular event, right? Lose weight,
exercise, eat a healthy diet, etc. (In fact, I
would fire my cardiologist if he was
content to let me be overweight and live
on a diet of donuts!) As your eye care
provider, we are constantly trying to
prevent adverse ocular events.
- Early Onset Cataracts: Studies indicate
a higher percentage of cataract
formation in nearsighted individuals. In
addition, nearsighted eyes tend to
develop cataracts at a younger age.
- Glaucoma: The risk of developing
glaucoma is 14 times greater in a -6.00
eye compared to an eye that is not
nearsighted. Stabilize that patient at
-3.00 and their risk is only 4 times
- Retinal Detachment: Risk of retinal
detachment in a myopic eye climbs from
3 times to 22 times as you move from
-3.00 to -6.00!
- Myopic Retinal Degeneration: As the
eye grows from -3.00 to -6.00 the risk of
retinal degeneration jumps from 2 times
to a staggering 41 times!
It’s Our Job To Care
At Gretna Vision Source, we are our patients
biggest advocates. We love improving
quality of vision and reducing the risk of