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I have -19 vision in my rith eye and -18.50 in my left. Is

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I have -19 vision in my rith eye and -18.50 in my left. Is this very bad and what are the long term outlook.
Ann
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

are you talking about your eyeglass prescription?

Dr. Rick :

are you available to chat?

Customer :

yes my eyeglass prescription I think? and I am available to chat

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 3 years ago.
Hi. Are you still online? We can "chat" using this system...it is just a little bit slow
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 3 years ago.
Are those numbers your glasses Rx? If so, you have what is called pathological myopia. Have you had any eye surgery?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 3 years ago.
I see you have already accepted my answer.....but we've not discussed your question.

Don't worry. I will make sure I answer you even though you have already paid :o)
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 3 years ago.
I don't know if you are still there or not....

With your amount of near sightedness you are at a higher risk for a retinal detachment then the general population. It is important that you have regular dilated exams by an ophthalmologist looking for areas of peripheral retinal holes/lattice etc that may need laser treatment to decrease the risk of retinal problems. Also you are at higher risk for abnormal blood vessels (choroidal neovascular membrane) forming in your macula, the very important part of the retina used for all you daily visual tasks

Here is a good article on pathological myopia:

http://legacy.revoptom.com/handbook/oct02_sec5_3.htm

Let me know if you would like to discus this further at no additional charge.....Have a great 2011

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