What is high myopia?
Myopia is an eye disorder that causes long distance objects to appear blurred. It is usually due to an increase in the axial length of the eye (large eyes). When myopia exceeds 8 dioptres, it is referred to as high myopia or pathological myopia. High myopia affects around 2% of the population and increases the predisposition to suffer certain eye diseases that affect vision:
- Retinal detachment.
- Atrophy of the central portion of the retina.
- Growth of blood vessels beneath the central area of the retina (macula)
- Macular hole
- Separation of the layers of the retina (schisis)
Because of this, periodic monitoring of these patients is necessary.
Image of a patient with High Myopia