Vision Therapy in Southlake

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 Southlake

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  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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. 14, 2024
I have always received excellent care at Marsh, Eye Center. And even better, I genuinely feel apprec... iated and valued as a patient and customer. Everyone from the doctors, the front desk staff, to the opticians are warm, friendly, and professional.
- Jan. 10, 2024
Prompt and friendly service by the front desk, technicians, and doctor. I did not feel rushed and al... l of my questions were answered thoroughly.
- Jan. 05, 2024
Highly skilled team!
- Dec. 31, 2023
Super nice people, we’ve been customers of Marsh for the last 20 years.
- Nov. 08, 2023
Excellent quality
- Nov. 03, 2023
Professional, friendly and caring staff!
- Oct. 05, 2023
Always professional and very helpful
- Sep. 29, 2023
We love Marsh Eye Center! They have taken care of our entire family for many years. Highly recommend... !
- Sep. 03, 2023
The staff at Marsh Eye Center is very professional and helpful. Excellent experience there. Thank ... you.
- Jul. 27, 2023
Dr. Anthony Cortez was awesome and the staff was super helpful. Definitely recommend
- Jun. 15, 2023
Professional, Clean environment, Friendly staff, Low wait time. Dr. Ayomide Osibanjo was informative... on my care, good listener, and kind.
- Jun. 13, 2023
Great eye care, been going here since I was a kid and the service has only gotten better! Kendyl was... fantastic and knew what she was talking about. The receptionists were very attentive. The doctor was very knowledgeable and walked three everything she was seeing.
- Jun. 05, 2023
The entire staff was incredibly friendly and personable. I enjoyed the frame buying experience as we... ll. 😊
- May. 12, 2023
Great eye care & excellent service!! Kendyl did a great job helping me pick out frames. It's like sh... e knew what styles I liked & she helped me find just the right frames to try on. Dr. Green provided amazing care & explanations. Definitely get the high tech eye photo & skip the dilation!! Awesome vision care office!!!
- Apr. 22, 2023
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- Apr. 20, 2023
Dr Carol Ann was awesome and very helpful. Their service area is a different situation. Don’t retu... rn calls
- Apr. 07, 2023
Everyone was friendly & professional
- Mar. 24, 2023
Ty Davis was extremely pleasant and helpful. She was such a joy to work with for my son's glasses!
- Mar. 20, 2023
Outstanding customer service
- Jan. 26, 2023
Dr. Carol Marsh is knowledgeable, professional which lends to a thorough and complete examination.

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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 Marsh Eye Center 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 Marsh Eye Center 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 Marsh Eye Center today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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