Degenerative myopia, also called malignant progressive myopia, causes progressive stretching and gradual damage of the retina, choroid, vitreous, sclera, and optic nerve. This type of myopia needs regular clinical evaluation. It is not related to ordinary myopia and does not develop from ordinary myopia.
At this time, the progression of this eye disease cannot be stopped. However, some complications of degenerative myopia such as retinal detachment, macular edema, and glaucoma, can be treated.
Currently, the NEI does not have a factsheet on this condition.
For more information from other health sites, please visit the following webpages:
Digital Reference of Ophthalmology, Degenerative Myopia
Prevent Blindness, Degenerative Myopia
Royal National Institute of Blind People, High degree myopia
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