Pathologic Myopia

About Pathologic Myopia

Extreme short-sightedness is pathologic myopia. It happens when light rays are not properly focused on the retina because in most of the cases the eyeball is too long. Pathological myopia cannot be correct with prescription eyeglasses, and it can worsen over time as the retina continues to stretch and impair vision.


Since the disease progresses slowly, symptoms may not be evident at first. Over time, some symptoms may appear that affect central vision, including:

  • Blurry vision
  • Straight lines appear wavy
  • Blind spots


Pathological myopia is diagnosed based on several tests to examine the back of the eye area. The imaging technique called fluorescein angiography can assess early disease stages in the retina. 

Treatments We offer

Columbia ophthalmologists can treat pathological myopia in several ways. Although there is no known cure, we offer treatments and regimens to stabilize the conditions. Anti-VEGF injection therapy, as well as surgical options, can be performed as well.  

Why Choose Columbia?

Columbia ophthalmologists are experts in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating pathologic myopia with a compassionate and comprehensive approach. Our specialists know how to take the worry away, so you can live your best life.