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How does high myopia affect the eyes?

High myopia affects the eye in serious ways. Because high myopia is due to elongation of the eyeballs, stretching and thinning of the retinas is common. The retina is a tissue-thin lining at the back of the eye that uses light to help the eye focus on objects near and far. Tears or openings in the retina due to high myopia can cause the retina to come loose or detach from the rest of the eye. Without immediate medical attention a detached retina can cause irreversible blindness.

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