What is pathological myopia?

Pathological myopia is very high myopia with 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 to help you see well.

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

A low vision clinic, which is located in an eye hospital, can be very helpful. Low vision aids, such as magnifiers, can help to make things you are looking at bigger. They will be able to provide practical help and advice on how to use your remaining vision. Your eye specialist or your GP would be able to refer you to the low vision clinic for an assessment.

We have produced a factsheet on myopia and high degree myopia:

For further information and advice about myopia and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline on:

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