People with severe nearsightedness (high myopia) are at greater risk for myopic degeneration. Myopic degeneration commonly occurs during young adulthood and can lead to a gradual decrease in central vision. Vision can decrease more abruptly in a small percentage of patients.
Although central vision may be lost, side (peripheral) vision usually remains unaffected. Remaining sight can still be very useful, and with the help of low vision optical devices, people with this condition can continue many of their normal activities.
The causes of Myopic Degeneration are not clearly understood, but they may include biomechanical abnormalities or hereditary factors.
Low vision care can be very effective to help individuals with Myopic Degeneration to lead very normal lives.
Vision loss from Myopic Degeneration responds very well to magnification which can make reading, seeing signs, faces, the computer, TV and even driving a possibility. There is a wide range of optical, electronic and software magnification options to address virtually every need.
Every individual with Myopic Degeneration should have a low vision examination by a doctor skilled in low vision rehabilitation to help identify the most appropriate options to enhance their visual functioning, academic and vocational potential and their personal quality of life.