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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.

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.


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 Insight Vision Center - Gardner 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 Insight Vision Center - Gardner eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.


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- Jul. 20, 2024
Dr Weigel is very professional and knowledgeable. The person who helped me pick my rx glasses save m... e lots of money! Thank you!
- May. 12, 2024
I came here for both glasses and contacts. The place is clean and airy, the staff were all super fri... endly and nice, the doctor was great with explaining situations, and their prodcuts were all great quality!!
- Apr. 30, 2024
Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. I did not have to wait long. Great place.
- Apr. 03, 2024
Great easy eye care. Staff was friendly, convenient location. Will continue to use them.
- Dec. 10, 2023
I’ve been going to Insight for several years. I am a diabetic and I feel like they take excellent ... care of my eyesight, as well as having adorable frames when I need new glasses
- Dec. 05, 2023
I cannot share enough how thrilled I am with my experience here! From the check in process, to my te... sting, to my exam, to my purchase - and any aftercare I've needed. Absolutely top notch!
- Nov. 15, 2023
Amazing I love them Alex always is a really good job with finding me the best frames
- Oct. 13, 2023
Professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff.
- Aug. 16, 2023
The staff at the Gardner Insight Vision Center are absolutely phenomenal!
- Aug. 11, 2023
This was a great experience. The staff was very friendly. I will be back
- Jul. 25, 2023
This place took care of me in every way! Please come to this place first!
- May. 25, 2023
Stellar staff and very knowledgeable doctors. They got my right in and out super quick! Great prices... and the check in lady was super nice and informative, happily looked my spouses benefits up, even tho the appointment was for me!
- Mar. 20, 2023
Thank you for the great service. Love the staff!
- Jan. 01, 2023
In & out quickly, contacts arrived in under a week's time.
- Dec. 08, 2022
Always helpful and professional. They got me trials at the last minute and an appt when I needed. Gr... eat office!
- Oct. 18, 2022
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- Sep. 07, 2022
Super amazing staff, from the doctors to the assistants and front staff! We are new to the area and... as a mom I was super nervous trying to find a place for my little dudes. Everyone at Insight has been super helpful, knowledgeable and super super friendly and happy. They definitely took away my overly silly mom nerves. Thank you Insight for all you do!
- Aug. 06, 2022
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- May. 30, 2022
I didn't know we had an Insight Vision Center in Gardner so that was a wonderful surprise. The staff... was wonderful and scheduling online was so easy. The doctor was amazing and so patient with me. I'd recommend this place to anyone. Thank you all!
- May. 18, 2022
My son got something in his eye while mowing. It was causing him a lot of pain. Called Insight and t... hey got him in right away. Dr Neal was amazing! Found the tiny particle and removed it. The young ladies up front are always kind and helpful. Their equipment is state of the art as well. Highly recommend!

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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 Insight Vision Center - Gardner today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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