Vision Therapy in Camdenton

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 Camdenton

Our optometry practice in Camdenton

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 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.


Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 15, 2024
The doctors and staff are very friendly, they made sure my family history was noted, they went over ... my personal history and made sure I received everything I needed for my best care. Highly recommend this eye care center to anyone needing an exam and or eyeglasses.
- Apr. 13, 2024
All of the staff are always so friendly and helpful.
- Apr. 10, 2024
A great place to get the best in eyecare! Friendly staff and great Dr. Eveland always make sure you... are comfortable and get the information about your eyes that you need.
- Apr. 09, 2024
Great staff and we love Dr. Eveland!
- Mar. 15, 2024
Dr. Eveland and his staff are a pleasure to work with. Very professional, efficient and caring of th... eir patients. Highly recommend them for eye care!!
- Mar. 13, 2024
Great place to get your eyes checked, very thorough exam
- Mar. 12, 2024
Good caring doctor and staff.
- Mar. 05, 2024
The best eye care in the area! The staff is so friendly, takes the time to help you pick out just th... e right pair of glasses, front desk staff greet you with smiles. De Eveland is awesome!
- Feb. 25, 2024
AS usual always good, thank you!
- Feb. 15, 2024
Nice people. Competent and caring. What more could you ask for?
- Feb. 15, 2024
I have been a patient of the clinic for many years. I have always found it to be a good experience.... The staff and doctors are friendly and professional.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Great crew very friendly nice and a very good experience
- Dec. 05, 2023
I had a serious concern about my vision. Picture were taken of my eyes and results thoroughly explai... ned to me. I would recommend this office.
- Dec. 05, 2023
Been going to Dr. Eveland for years and love him a bunch. Staff is great. Only thing I don't like i... s the pricing but guess that goes for everywhere
- Nov. 21, 2023
Excellent and caring staff on all levels.
- Nov. 19, 2023
Pleasant experience with a successful result..definitely recommend their services.
- Nov. 18, 2023
I have been seeing Dr. Eveland for over 10 years. His staff is always quick to service with a smile... . Dr. Eveland is always a delight, very informative and detailed in his explanations. I trust Family Eyecare with my eye and vision care, and would highly recommend them.
- Oct. 31, 2023
great
- Sep. 26, 2023
Dr Brian Eveland is very personable and very knowledgeable
- Jul. 08, 2023
great services

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

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