Does myopia affect the prominence of an eye? Can an eye become prominent because of myopia?
The degree of myopia is typically proportional to the size of the eye. This means that, yes, a very nearsighted eye is often more prominent within its socket (called the "orbit")and may even protrude somewhat beyond its rim. This is a generalization, of course, and there are certainly other reasons for a prominent eye. For example, people of African-American ethnicity often have shallow orbits which can create the same appearance. Hyperthyroidism can also cause the eyes to protrude to an abnormal degree.
_Written by J. Trevor Woodhams, M.D. - Chief
of Surgery, Woodhams Eye Clinic