Vision Therapy in Lee's Summit

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 Lee's Summit

Our optometry practice in Lee's Summit

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  • Monday 7:45 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 08, 2024
I’ve been a patient here for several years. I love the fact that they work with you to maximize yo... ur insurance benefits. Both DrDrake & DrDrake are amazing. I’m in the medical field as well & I’m not easily impressed. I’ve had nothing but good experiences here! I highly recommend them!
- Jun. 17, 2023
CustomEyes has the best opticians and the best selection of contacts/glasses available and “in sty... le”. I’m always pleased with my visits, the doctors are always fast, friendly and very helpful. They got newer inventory for glasses such as Tiffany and co, Gucci and more. The girls who help with purchasing glasses and contacts are always super friendly/helpful as well and explain everything such as insurance/and lenses options greatly. Definitely happy with my new Tiffany and co prescription glasses! I can’t wait to pick them up.
- May. 09, 2023
I've been a patient here for 12 years! Excellent service and awesome optometrist! I recommend Custom... Eyes!
- May. 01, 2023
Absolutely the best staff and crew, companionate, attentive, empathetic. These guys were very profes... sional, they didn’t treat me any differently than anyone else. The other offices I visited definitely did not exhibit or display that same love. Very grateful for Dr. Drake and his team. Absolutely the best
- Dec. 22, 2022
Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. The best optometry appointment I have ever had. From the f... ront desk all the way to the doctor, this place is fantastic.
- Jul. 03, 2022
I was warmly greeted by staff members. I liked the relaxed atmosphere, and the professionalism of th... e Optometrist, and the technicians that assisted him. I left the office feeling that I had been completely taken care of.
- Jun. 09, 2022
Been going to Dr Jeffrey for years and the place is top notch and they're happy to answer any questi... ons you may have.
- Apr. 29, 2022
I have to say that was my first visit to the eye doctor, it was smooth, the staff very friendly and ... the environment was clean and welcoming.
- Apr. 04, 2022
Very nice doctors and staff. Take the time to do a careful and thorough examination.
- Apr. 02, 2022
Friendly staff, very detailed exam, efficient process, very clean office.
- Mar. 09, 2022
I am from Colorado, and in Missouri taking care of my elderly parents. I had an emergency in January... and on a Saturday. I called CustomEyes, they were one of the very few clinics open on a Saturday. They were very friendly, and able to squeeze me into the schedule. I found myself staying in Missouri, and possibly relocating here. I've been due for an eye exam, so I gave CustomEyes a call because I was so impressed and comfortable at my original appointment. I saw Dr. A. Genilo, both times and everyone, from her, check in, techs, optical, and check out, was friendly and professional. I would highly recommend this office to anyone. I feel very comfortable saying, I have found my new eye care clinic and will definitely return. Thank you to everyone at CustomEyes!
- Feb. 15, 2022
Been using custom eyes for years. Always a great experience each year.
- Feb. 13, 2022
Took my 2 year old daughter to have her first eye exam she was seen by Dr.Ali Genilo. I absolutely l... ove love love this doctor and the staff. She made my daughter comfortable and fun with the different props she had.. I was so pleased with Custom Eyes I made me and my husband a eye appointment.. Don't hesitate call today!
- Feb. 10, 2022
The doctor and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It's one of the cleanest places I've been ... to. Everyone was masked and washed hands before touching anyone. I felt very safe. The exam was thorough and I didn't feel rushed to choose new frames. They went out of their way checking my insurance and making sure I got the best price. I actually paid half here what I paid at the "discount" place.
- Jan. 22, 2022
So appreciative that they were able to work me in quickly when I woke up with eye pain- and fortunat... ely nothing serious, had multiple suggestions to help with condition.
- Jan. 15, 2022
Brenda is amazing. She knows what looks good and makes recommendations I would have never thought o... f. Love this place!!
- Jan. 11, 2022
My appointment was conducted in a timely manner. Everyone was including friendly and informative and... made my experience extremely pleasant and straight forward.
- Jan. 04, 2022
Professional staff, timely appointment and they care about your eye health.
- Dec. 11, 2021
I have been a patient of custom eyes and originally Dr Drake for more than 20 years. Dr E. continues... the same quality of care.
- Dec. 10, 2021
We love the staff and doctors. They alway make you feel welcome and comfortable. They have a wide se... lection of eyewear as well

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CustomEyes - Lee's Summit: 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 CustomEyes - Lee's Summit to schedule an eye exam, and let us guide you through high myopia and its potential impact on your eye health.

(816) 524-7400