Vision Therapy in Westside

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 Westside

Our optometry practice in Westside

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • MetLife
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross

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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- May. 20, 2024
Excellent customer service 👏🏾
- May. 20, 2024
Broderick is very professional and provides great customer service, thank you for all you do!
- May. 09, 2024
Stephanie and Dr.Lye are great very patient and willing to do what works for both of my kids.
- May. 06, 2024
Extremely helpful and very knowledgeable and taking the time to work with the deaf person
- Apr. 02, 2024
love this place, best experience I have had in years. clean, everyone so nice, professional. awesome... team. love my new glasses.
- Feb. 25, 2024
Very professional.
- Feb. 23, 2024
All the staff are very friendly and helpful. Dr. Ly very patience with me and helping me to try out ... and pick the most suitable contact lenses for me.
- Feb. 20, 2024
I’ve been going to this place for 15 years and it’s always a great experience. Doctors are great... , assistants are great, products are great, everyone is always so nice and helpful. I will be a patient of this place for the rest of my life.
- Feb. 19, 2024
Great Customer Service
- Feb. 07, 2024
Amazing staff, wonderful service and best prescription - most accurate - I’ve ever received. I’m... thrilled.
- Jan. 27, 2024
Very positive experience with my exam. My optometrist provided various options from driving glasses... to mono-vision contact lens options.
- Dec. 04, 2023
They are friendly and very Eyewear. The selections are awesome too!
- Nov. 18, 2023
I recently had an exam with my daughter at the Westchase location. Dr Ly provided us with so much in... formation and she was very nice. We loved their selection of frames! Great experience.
- Oct. 16, 2023
Dr. Holbrook was very good. Explained all of my test results. The staff was very professional and ac... commodating.
- Oct. 09, 2023
Very Professional staff and operation.
- Sep. 16, 2023
The staff is friendly, courteous, and professional!
- Sep. 10, 2023
Very friendly staff and willing to help in any way that they can.
- Sep. 02, 2023
Inviting environment and appreciate the financial transparency in the exam portion. Only thing I wou... ld ask is that I received a more thorough walk through of my final invoice for glasses and also to go over my benefit amounts before starting to pick eyewear. Overall a great experience and would come again for the fast experience .
- Aug. 07, 2023
They do a great job with both kids and adults. My 11 year old enjoyed his visit. Staff was able to t... ell me our insurance benefits upfront and integrate that information into selecting frames and lenses that would not cost an arm and a leg.
- Jul. 26, 2023
I love Memorial Eye Care. Dr. Kim To and her staff are the best. They gave me the best care and made... sure I had everything I needed. I’m glad I choose Memorial Eye Care. I definitely recommend them to anyone who is struggling with their eyesight! They’re truly the best 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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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 Memorial Eye Center - Westchase 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 Memorial Eye Center - Westchase 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 Memorial Eye Center - Westchase today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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