Retinal Detachment and Myopia
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common refractive error. Impacting millions of adults and children, myopia is typically dealt with through prescription eyewear or laser vision correction and is not considered a major vision concern. However, there is mounting evidence that myopia can increase risks for retinal detachment, glaucoma and cataracts, making its progression something that needs to be monitored by your eye doctor.
Several studies have found a link between myopia and retinal detachment, including a recent one published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. In this study, researchers found that patients with mild myopia saw risks for retinal detachment increase four-fold. This risk increases to ten-fold in those with moderate to severe nearsightedness. Because myopia can progress rapidly, it is important to schedule annual exams with your ophthalmologist if you are nearsighted.
If your myopia causes retinal detachment, our San Diego retina specialists can help. Utilizing advanced technology and proven treatment methods, we will work to restore optimal vision and help prevent future issues from arising.
To schedule your appointment with one of our San Diego eye surgeons, please contact California Retina Associates today. We maintain offices in Chula Vista and El Centro to better serve people living throughout San Diego, Imperial, and Orange County California.