Vision Therapy in Sylvan Grove

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 Windmill Eye Associates 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 Windmill Eye Associates eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

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- May. 02, 2024
Very friendly staff. The Dr. Is very knowledgeable and friendly.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Wonderful staff and the charismatic friendly Dr. Mary made this visit both informative, fun, and str... ess free. I have insurance but even their self pay rates are super budget friendly. Amazing place!!!!!!!
- Apr. 02, 2024
My kids eyes clinic favorite highly recommend!!👍
- Mar. 28, 2024
I love Windmill it's my favorite eye clinic, Dr.Mary is awesome and so sweet I love her, the staff i... s so nice and welcoming and the tech who btw is biligual she is so sweet and funny I love Windmill
- Mar. 25, 2024
Wonderful knowledgeable staff. Great place!
- Mar. 10, 2024
My experience with appointments at Windmill Eye Associates have always been positive.
- Feb. 01, 2024
My experience was that of a mother who arrived very worried, and I was lovingly attended to, welcome... d, an excellent and very human doctor, welcomed me as a doctor and as a mother. Rcommend absolutely.
- Nov. 21, 2023
Today is the first time I’ve seen Dr. Mary Hemphill and it was an absolute pleasure. She is the mo... st thorough optometrist I’ve ever seen. She’s professional, caring, and extremely personable. I’ll be back!!
- Jul. 24, 2023
Dr. Hemphill is very helpful and informative during your eye exam. She helps you understand your eye... s better and is thorough in explaining what kind of eye care you need. Highly recommend.
- Sep. 19, 2022
Everything about this place is wonderful. It's a very clean establishment and the staff is all super... nice and friendly. Dr. Mary is the sweetest doctor I have ever met. She's very knowledgeable and explains everything. Great with kids as well. Highly recommend!!
- Sep. 23, 2021
My husband and I have been going here for years. Staff is wonderful. We have been treated by both ... eye Drs and both are wonderful!
- Jan. 29, 2021
Dr Mary was fantastic with all four of my children. She made everyone very comfortable and her exper... ience and expertise was very appreciated. Her staff was also very accommodating and helpful.
- Jul. 30, 2020
My family and I have gone here for years and we love it! Dr. Lozado is so sweet and explains everyth... ing thoroughly to us. He also speaks Spanish which is so helpful since my mom only understands Spanish. We have always been treated with respect and will never go to another place.
- Feb. 14, 2020
Best eye doctor I've ever....seen 😎
- Sep. 12, 2019
I see Dr. Lozado and have been for about a year. He has been helpful every step of the way with my d... ry eye and eye health overall. Definitely would recommend!
- May. 24, 2019
My grand daughter and I have both used them in the past and they definitely deserve 5 stars.
- Jul. 06, 2018
I went there today for my first time. I saw Dr. Hemphill and she is the friendliest doctor I have ev... er seen. She was so thorough at explaining the types of glasses/lens’ available, was very personable and knowledgeable as well. I wish I could see her for more than my eye needs.
- Apr. 19, 2018
Dr.Mary is amazing me and my daughter kailynn love her. She will go above and beyond to make sure yo... u are getting what you need. She is truly the best I have ever came across in the health care field. She knows her job and knows it well. We are moving out of state but I will definitely make the drive because she's that good, and I know I will never find another Dr. Mary anywhere.
- Mar. 23, 2015
I absolutely love Dr. Mary!!! She is very thorough, knowledgeable & personable. I absolutely enjoy h... er appointments. She likes to dig to the root of your problem not just cover the surface stuff. She will also follow up with you to make sure everything is going well. She always leaves me with "call me if you need anything." I wish all doctors were like her. I enjoy her practice so much I have paid out of pocket when I didn't have any insurance. She is worth every penny!
- Feb. 20, 2013
I just had an appointment there with Dr. Hemphill for my 6 year old daughter. She was fantastic and... will become the eye doctor that our whole family uses! The office staff was great as well. I would recommend their office to anyone!

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Myopia Management in Sylvan Grove

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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 Windmill Eye Associates today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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