Vision Therapy in Longview

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

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- Jun. 24, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and helpful 🙂
- Jun. 15, 2024
Love this company. The staff are helpful and friendly and very welcoming. They schedule appts accord... ingly. Very punctual in taking back patients at their scheduled time.
- Jun. 07, 2024
Staff had a smile on their face and a great attitude!
- Jun. 06, 2024
I've been going there for several years now because of how the staff and doctors make me feel so muc... h at home.
- Jun. 04, 2024
They are the friendliest bunch of chuckleheads I've ever seen in a medical office.
- Jan. 30, 2024
My grandma, my mom, me, and all my children go to this eye doctor for decades. I love it here..they ... are very affordable and helpful. The receptionists are always friendly and understanding.
- Nov. 22, 2023
Appointments are easily scheduled, very courteous and friendly staff, clean, wheelchair accessible, ... and they have so many options for glasses.
- Sep. 16, 2023
Great experience. Everyone there is very nice and professional . Got my glasses very quickly and abl... e to use my own frames. Prescription was perfect. Highly recommend this practice.
- Jun. 28, 2023
This has been my go to optometrist for years now and I highly recommend giving them your business. A... lways friendly staff and willingness to help is just a couple of the benefits of going here.
- Apr. 13, 2023
Cascade Eye Center has such a great team of caring professionals! The folks that work here are frien... dly, engaging and kind! I see Dr. Ian and, he is current on the latest technology. He’s very personable and takes the time to explain things in a manner - that makes it easy to understand. Today I was assisted by Megan in the optical department. She went above and beyond, to provide the best service possible! Truly outstanding experience! I’m very happy with this office and, confidently recommend them for all of your visual needs.
- Mar. 15, 2023
Love this place. Everyone is super nice and efficient!
- Mar. 07, 2023
Amazing doctors and such friendly fun people. Very knowledgeable and caring
- Jan. 23, 2023
This eye care is very good. I am happy with my glasses.
- Aug. 17, 2022
Excellent place the staff are every nice and the eye doctor is really good at there job's
- Mar. 06, 2022
The staff are very kind! They joked with me and laughed at my dumb jokes! I felt very welcome and th... ey were very helpful. They took extra time to answer all my questions and did their best to get me exactly what I needed.
- Mar. 02, 2022
amazing staff and super helpful make you feel comfortable and a good experience over all thank you g... uys!
- Oct. 12, 2021
Caring and professional staff.
- Aug. 30, 2021
Cascade Eye Care is THE BEST in the area. Dr. Bill is very knowledgeable. He diagnosed me with a r... are eye condition that other eye doctors had missed! I would not recommend any other place!
- May. 04, 2021
I think this is the best eye doctor I have ever visited. They have all of the state of the art new ... devices and testing. They are very thorough. I am a patient there as well as my son. I feel very confident taking my whole family here. I have recommended this place to other family members. Very welcoming staff
- Apr. 22, 2021
Great people, very friendly staff, doctor was awesome! I would give a thousand stars if possible, I ... will be taking my son there as well. Thank you for a wonderful experience 😁

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Myopia Management in Longview

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  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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 Cascade Eye Care today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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