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Many people wear glasses or contact lenses because they cannot see distant objects clearly. But for some, this nearsightedness, or myopia, is a particularly severe form that gets worse as they age.
Eye doctors call this condition high myopia. It also referred to as degenerative myopia or myopic macular degeneration because of the damage it can inflict on the eye, particularly the retina and the macula that sits in its center.
High myopia is a leading cause of blindness, but we are working on new ways to treat this challenging condition.
Our eye doctors are leaders in the care of high myopia. In addition to their experience with current treatments, they are exploring ways to repair retinal damage with stem cells or implantable bioprosthetic chips.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.