Vision Therapy in Warsaw

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 Warsaw

Our optometry practice in Warsaw

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 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.


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- Feb. 23, 2024
I love the knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff. Best eye doctors in the area! Great for the w... hole family. All five of us go here for check ups, eye glasses, and contacts.
- Feb. 22, 2024
Everyone was super friendly and helpful. My kids had a great experience.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Overall positive experience. Friendly, felt like the apposite time was afforded to my appointment.
- Feb. 08, 2024
Friendly service, knowledgeable staff, quick service, great choice of products.
- Feb. 06, 2024
Warsaw Family Eyecare Doctors, Nurses, and Receptionists are very kind, caring, and knowledgeable. M... y sons’ eye doctors were fantastic with my children and really took the time to educate me on each of my son’s eyesight! Highly recommend!
- Jan. 30, 2024
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- Jan. 22, 2024
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- Jan. 16, 2024
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- Jan. 15, 2024
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- Jan. 13, 2024
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- Jan. 06, 2024
Friendly staff, great customer service, and the Dr. Go above and beyond.
- Dec. 22, 2023
The staff is awesome and very helpful!!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Today was my first visit, and it certainly wasn't the last. The staff were all friendly, helpful, a... nd professional. This was the most thorough eye exam I've ever had. The technician who performed the first set of tests was so good, and he eased my anxiety. I asked the doctor several questions, which she answered with thorough knowledge and explanations. She explained everything she was doing and finding. Each exam step was explained in detail, and they showed me the screens and explained what I saw. The technician who helped me choose frames was so honest. I specifically asked for her honest opinion; she even asked another technician, who gave her view, and I appreciated the honest opinion. The frames to choose from are extensive—so many choices. This will be my place for all future eye exams.
- Dec. 12, 2023
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- Dec. 08, 2023
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- Dec. 01, 2023
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- Nov. 28, 2023
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- Oct. 29, 2023
I have been a patient at Warsaw Family Eyecare for several years. They are skilled, wonderful peopl... e who efficiently meet my needs. Grateful for them in Warsaw!
- Oct. 04, 2023
Great care. Great service.
- Sep. 30, 2023
I continue to be extremely satisfied with the care and service I receive at Warsaw Family Eyecare. T... he eye doctor as well as all of the staff are very professional, helpful and reassuring. I have recommended several of my family members to this eye care facility and will continue to recommend others as opportunities arise. They are absolutely great!

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

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