Vision Therapy in Wylie

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 Wylie

Our optometry practice in Wylie

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • Metlife Vision

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. 19, 2024
Always a great experience.
- Mar. 06, 2024
The staff was friendly and inviting. The staff and DR were friendly. I think I was the last patie... nt of the day, but got great treatment.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Sherri took great care of me, she was always very attentive to what I needed and always helped me wi... th my concerns and problems that arose. 5⭐️
- Dec. 09, 2023
I was ver impressed. 1 person made me feel uncomfortable. The rest rocked!
- Nov. 23, 2023
Friendly Doctor and staff, good scheduling process and reminders for appointments. Highly recommend....
- Oct. 20, 2023
Great
- Sep. 16, 2023
It was excellent.
- Jul. 14, 2023
Great Dr. and Staff. Highly recommend.
- Jul. 12, 2023
Dr. Gandhi and his staff were great - competent, thorough, and friendly. I left feeling like I got... the best possible eye care. This was my first visit and I will certainly return next year.
- May. 08, 2023
Everybody at Modern Eye Care goes above and beyond to make you feel welcomed and the service is outs... tanding. Dr Gandhi is awesome and takes care of your needs.
- May. 01, 2023
Dr. Gandhi and the staff are exceptional! They constantly provide professional/high quality services... to their clients. I would also like to mention Sherry, extraordinary customer service!
- Mar. 13, 2023
The staff is very friendly and helpful. When I picked up my glasses, the lady remembered me. Plus, m... y glasses came in very quick, it took less than a week. I was very pleased with my experience there.
- Feb. 10, 2023
Friendly, professional and knowledgeable customer service. Doctor does not rush in consultation, tak... es his time to answer any questions and takes care of his patients. Great selection of glasses and contacts brands.
- Feb. 06, 2023
Modern Eye Care is a great optometrist office. The staff is so nice and getting an appointment was s... mooth and easy. The technology the office uses was cool, they are able to take a photo of the back of the eye and no puff of air! Dr. Gandhi is thorough and explained things to me in ways that made sense. My glasses and prescription sunglasses were actually less than I’m used to paying at LensCrafters and Visionworks which I did not expect from a doctor’s office.
- Dec. 31, 2022
Probably one of the best places around to go to for your eye care needs. The entire staff was great
- Oct. 28, 2022
Great customer service and patient care!!!
- Oct. 08, 2022
Had a great experience here . Staff is friendly . The doctor fixed my eye issues and took time to li... sten.
- Sep. 01, 2022
Very friendly and helpful staff!!!
- Aug. 25, 2022
This place is great. The doctor is amazing too! I was getting my eye examination every year in diffe... rent commercial branches and they always gave generic examinations, but this doctor took his time to see my eyes and found I had some type of allergic reaction and that was why I got dry eyes and other symptoms and diligently gave me the reason and solution to handle it. Plus, eyeglasses’ lens and so high quality. This is the place forget about everything else.
- Aug. 25, 2022
Great place and nice staff. Would recommend 🙂

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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 Modern Eye Care 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 Modern Eye Care 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 Modern Eye Care today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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