What is pathological myopia?

Pathological myopia is high degree myopia, where the eye also shows degenerative changes affecting the back of the eye. These changes can cause a reduction in sight and you may need more than glasses.

Many people have myopia but these changes only develop in a small minority of people with high levels of myopia.

Low vision clinics, which are located in eye hospitals, can be very helpful. They will be able to provide practical help and advice on how to use your remaining vision as well as advice on equipment such as magnifiers, which will help you to see better.  Your eye specialist or GP will be able to refer you to a low vision clinic for an assessment.

Further information can be found on our myopia and high degree myopia webpage and in our myopia and high degree myopia factsheet:

You can also contact our Helpline:

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