• How common is retinal detachment for people with high myopia?


    Question:

    Does sleeping in contacts cause retinal detachment (when the light sensitive tissue peels off from the back of the eye)? My mom has high myopia and now I have high myopia (-10.75) and I am at risk for retinal detachment. Can you tell me how common retinal detachment is for those with high myopia?


    Answer:

    Sleeping with contact lenses in no way increases the risk for retinal detachment, but you shouldn’t sleep in your contacts for other reasons, like the risk of eye infection. The lifetime risk for retinal detachment in individuals with high myopia is about 1 in 20.


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