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Can low myopia cause blindness?

Low myopia is a mild form of nearsightedness. Although having this type of refractive error does increase the risk for retinal detachment later in life, the risk is small.

Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent other more serious eye conditions such as retinal detachment. If symptoms of retinal detachment do develop, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of retinal detachment include seeing showers of floaters, flashes of light, and temporary vision loss.

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