Vision Therapy in Southside

Myopia FAQs

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1. What is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common condition in which distant objects appear blurry while close-up objects remain clear. Myopia tends to progress until around the age of 21, and during this time, a child's vision deteriorates, often requiring more frequent updates of their corrective lenses.

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2. What Causes Myopia Progression?

The exact causes of myopia progression are not fully understood, but several factors have been associated with it:

  • Myopia tends to run in families, so if parents are nearsighted, their children are more likely to develop myopia.
  • Extensive studying, reading, and activities that involve focusing on nearby objects can contribute to myopia progression.
  • The increasing use of electronic devices, especially when held close to the eyes, is thought to play a role in myopia development.
  • Spending less time outdoors may increase the risk of myopia progression.

Myopia Management in Southside

Our optometry practice in Southside

Photograph of James A.  Horning
Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed

3. Why is Myopia Progression a Concern?

The progression of myopia is concerning as it's strongly associated with an increased risk of ocular diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment later in life.


4. What If My Child Wears Glasses or Soft Contact Lenses?

Even if your child regularly wears glasses or soft contact lenses to correct their myopia, the condition may continue to progress. Conventional corrective methods often address symptoms but don't tackle the root cause, which involves the elongation of the eyeball.


Patient Reviews
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- May. 24, 2024
Fast, efficient and friendly. Been using A1A for years.
- May. 09, 2024
The Staff was courteous, friendly and helpful. I picked out my new glasses and received them in less... than 2 weeks! I love my new glasses and I would highly recommend A1A Family Eye Care to family and friends.
- Apr. 06, 2024
I've been a long time client of A1A Eyecare and I wouldnt trust my eyecare to anyone else.
- Mar. 31, 2024
Dr Horning and his crew are the best I've ever had care for my vision.
- Mar. 30, 2024
Highly recommended. 1st time customer and will be going back
- Mar. 25, 2024
I was very impressed with Dr. Kaitlin Brown 's complete regard to every detail. She was very thoroug... h in areas that other EyeCare Specialist missed. Thanks a Million for being passionate about Eye Care/Health.
- Mar. 25, 2024
Great staff and excellent service. Highly recommend!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Love Dr. Joly, shes the reason we visit A1A.
- Mar. 08, 2024
Great experience, very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Dr. Joly took her time & explained everythi... ng & answered all of my questions.
- Feb. 28, 2024
I've been going to Dr. Brown for 2 years now and she is fantastic. She takes the time to listen to m... y concerns and take my feedback into consideration rather than just reading the numbers from the machine. She's excellent and always so sweet. I have also seen Dr. Joly and she was wonderful as well...so thorough and so kind and caring. They're both great!
- Feb. 27, 2024
This was my first visit with Dr. Joly and she was great. She listens and explains everything very th... oroughly. Picking out my glasses was a breeze with their vast selection and pickup was quick and easy.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Dr. Horning is very thorough and his staff is extremely timely, I am always seen by Dr. Horning with... in minutes of my appointed time. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful!
- Jan. 30, 2024
Dr. Brown is a wonderful doctor always makes you feel at ease she is very personal and professional ... and always takes her time with you and Chole was very sweet and friendly
- Jan. 28, 2024
Really love this place
- Jan. 25, 2024
I had an excellent experience here.Dr Joly is thorough, patient, and answered all my questions. The ... selection of glasses is huge and the prices are reasonable. Chloe was really pleasant and very helpful.
- Jan. 18, 2024
Dr Brown is fantastic and wonderful with children. Vision therapy department is some of the best the... rapist I have ever met and have really gotten through to my daughter with special needs
- Jan. 12, 2024
Dr. Brown was very professional and took her time explaining to me about my exam and made feel very ... comfortable. She gets a 10 out of 10 from me!
- Dec. 13, 2023
Great doctors.
- Nov. 28, 2023
Dr. Joly is the best! She is very thorough, incredibly knowledgable, and kind/compassionate/caring. ... I would highly recommend her to anyone!
- Nov. 08, 2023
A1A Eye Care have the best staff in town and great Doctors. They take care of my whole family and ha... ve done so for years now. Friendly and knowledgeable and take time for each person to not only explain whats going on with your eyes and to also answer any questions you have. Very much a family atmosphere when you are there, no one better in town!!!

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5. How Can I Prevent My Child's Vision from Getting Worse?

To help prevent myopia progression, consider making lifestyle changes, including:

Reducing Screen Time: Limit screen time, and encourage breaks during prolonged use of digital devices.

Encouraging Frequent Breaks While Studying: Ensure your child takes regular breaks when studying or reading.

Increasing Outdoor Play: Encourage outdoor activities and playtime.

Adjusting Their Study Posture: Ensure proper posture during near work, avoiding sitting too close to screens or materials. 

Additional treatment may be necessary, depending on the level of your child’s myopia. Some of these options may include:

  • Atropine Drops
  • Orthokeratology (ortho-k)
  • Dual Focus Contact Lenses

6. What Is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, is a non-surgical procedure designed to reduce nearsightedness. It involves the therapeutic application of specially designed contact lenses to reshape the cornea, the front part of the eye, overnight. This can effectively correct nearsightedness and certain types of astigmatism.

Ortho-k offers a promising solution for managing progressive myopia while providing the freedom of being glasses or contact lens-free during the day. Clinical studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing myopia progression, thus reducing the risk of ocular diseases.


mom reading book to child

7. Is Myopia Management Suitable for Adults or Only for Children?

Myopia management strategies are often most effective when initiated during childhood, as this is when myopia tends to progress most rapidly. However, certain approaches, such as orthokeratology (ortho-k), may also benefit adults. It's crucial to consult your A1A Family EyeCare eye doctor to determine the best approach for your specific situation.


8. How Often Should My Child's Eyes Be Examined for Myopia Progression?

Regular eye examinations are essential to monitor myopia progression. The frequency of these exams will depend on your child's age, myopia severity, and risk factors. Annual eye check-ups are generally recommended, but some cases may require more frequent visits.


9. Are There Any Side Effects or Risks Associated with Myopia Management Treatments?

Most myopia management treatments are safe and non-invasive, but awareness of potential side effects is essential. For instance, ortho-k lenses may cause temporary discomfort or dryness. Atropine eye drops may lead to increased sensitivity to light. Your A1A Family EyeCare eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

man adjusting glasses

10. Is Myopia Management Expensive, and Does Insurance Cover It?

The cost of myopia management can vary based on the chosen treatment method and location. Some treatments, like ortho-k, may involve initial higher costs but could reduce long-term expenses related to prescription updates and potential eye health issues. Schedule an appointment with A1A Family EyeCare today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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