Vision Therapy in Laurie

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 Laurie

Our optometry practice in Laurie

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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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- Feb. 24, 2024
Good choices, as well as great staff!
- May. 09, 2023
Walked in for help with glasses from a different store that didn't fit correctly and was quickly hel... ped!
- Feb. 16, 2023
Very friendly and attentive team!! Have been a patient for many years. Always a great experience!
- Jan. 20, 2023
My husband and I have visited many many eyecare places and Laurie Family Eyecare was the tops. Exam... was professional and accurate. The team of technicians and staff were incredibly helpful and was very accurate with our selections. Prices were so much lower then we have paid elsewhere. When we went to pickup our purchases they were even better then we could have imagined. Doctor Brad is kind, and so professional.
- Jan. 16, 2023
Excellent Drs, friendly staff, and they are quick to help if there is an emergency. I have been taki... ng my children here their whole lives.
- Dec. 31, 2022
Dr Brad was courteous, efficient and knowledgeable! His staff was great!
- Dec. 03, 2022
I've been coming here for nearly 10 years now. Wonderful service, caring staff and exceptional qua... lity!!
- Oct. 19, 2022
I've been seeing Dr. Groves (Masters) since 2009. She is the most informed, up-to-date, and caring ... optometrist I have ever known.
- Oct. 18, 2022
Everyone is so nice there
- Oct. 07, 2022
Highly recommended for eye exam and eye care
- Sep. 28, 2021
So friendly and helpful!!
- Aug. 18, 2021
a couple of staff that work the desk are somewhat pushy and presumptuous. but once you get passed th... em, the doctor is super friendly, helpful, and professional
- Jun. 15, 2021
Great staff. Super patient with my son. Did a great job explaining things.
- Jun. 12, 2021
Everyone did a great job. Highly recommend Laurie family Eyecare for your vision needs
- May. 02, 2021
Friendly, accurate and fair! Will definitely go back.
- Apr. 15, 2021
I love the ppl here they are professional friendly and know their business. I actually took my MIL t... here.
- Mar. 02, 2021
Quick, efficient, and very helpful when time to choose frames. My kids also love the doctors and sta... ff here!
- Feb. 26, 2021
I HAVE BEEN WITH FAMILY EYE CARE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND WOULD NOT GO ANY PLACE ELSE. DOCTOR EVELAN... D AND HIS STAFF KNOW MY VISION HISTORY AND THEY WORK VERY HARD TO KEEP MY VISION THE BEST IT CAN BE. THEY MADE ME FEEL SAFE IN A DIFFICULT TIME, (ie COVID) AND WERE VERY CAREFUL ABOT KEEPING THE WHOLE OFFICE AS CLEAN AND SANITARY AS POSIBLE. I LIKE THEM AND MORESO TRUST THEM WITH MY SIGHT. THANK YOU ALL FOR HOW YOU HAVE ALWAYS TREATED ME. KUDOS
- Dec. 19, 2020
Make it easy to get checked, come and go and buy new contacts.
- Sep. 22, 2020
No long wait, friendly staff and doctor. Good selection of frames.

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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.


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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 Family Eyecare - Laurie 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 Family Eyecare - Laurie eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

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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 Family Eyecare - Laurie today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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