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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 Insight Vision Center - Olathe 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 Insight Vision Center - Olathe eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

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- Apr. 23, 2024
Great staff. Very informative of what is going on with my eyes. Went into detailed explanations of... all my questions.
- Apr. 18, 2024
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- Apr. 03, 2024
Dr. Troyer and the staff at this location were amazing! They were all friendly, prompt, and informat... ive! I look forward to establishing care with them from here on out.
- Mar. 29, 2024
I’m 23 and have been coming here since my preteen years. I’ve never once had a bad experience. I... ’ve seen a few different drs and every one has been patient and kind. Receptionists are always nice and helpful! I even lived in Lawrence for a few years and would drive back every year for my annual eye exam. Would absolutely recommend!!
- Mar. 25, 2024
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- Mar. 22, 2024
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- Mar. 09, 2024
Convenient location. Great eye exam. Great doc. Nice people.
- Mar. 02, 2024
I was very impressed. I was wearing one contact with mediocre vision. Dr. Bozsa showed me that I co... uld wear two contacts and improve my close up and far away vision. Now, my night vision is so much better and far away vision is very crisp and clear. So grateful that she took the time to help me find a better solution to seeing better!
- Jan. 27, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and professional. I appreciate Garrett and the time he spent helping me f... igure out my insurance issues.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Lauren and office staff are fantastic, never a bad visit. Competitive pricing and a great experience... each visit.
- Jan. 24, 2024
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- Jan. 07, 2024
Insight Vision - Dr. Troyer is awesome!!
- Aug. 13, 2023
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- Jul. 22, 2023
Great experience! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. I left feeling assured ab... out my eye health. Thanks for the great service!
- Jul. 16, 2023
Insight Vision Center Olathe is a terrifically professional and responsive Center. I highly commend ... and recommend Dr. Neal Troyer and the Insight Vision Center staff.
- Jul. 12, 2023
Everyone was very kind and knowledgeable, no one was pushy. I was really impressed
- May. 01, 2023
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- Feb. 15, 2023
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- Jan. 12, 2023
This is the best vision center I've been to. I love the front office staff; they are pleasant and he... lpful and always want to be sure our needs are met. They were a huge help when I was looking for frames that fit my budget and were still cute. And Dr. Marr has been fantastic. After years of not being able to wear contacts (after going from single vision to multi-focal) I can. I never feel rushed during my appointments with him and I feel like he really wants to figure out the best solution to whatever my eye issues are. Highly recommend this office!
- Dec. 20, 2022
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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 Insight Vision Center - Olathe today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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