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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.

Myopia Management in Tucson

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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. 06, 2024
The optometrist and all staff are super nice, detail-oriented, and helpful; I feel well taken care o... f each appointment!
- Jan. 25, 2024
Dr Martin and his staff are great at taking care of our family’s needs.
- Jan. 03, 2024
“Best glasses I’ve ever had. I can’t stop smiling” I’m happy we chose Clear View.
- Jan. 03, 2024
Dr. Martin is the best! Recommend him to everyone I love & care about!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Great staff. Great selection of eyeware. Dr. Martin truly cares about your eye health.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Dr Martin and his staff are very thorough and take the time to answer my questions. I've been a pati... ent in his practice for many years and appreciate his use of top of the line technology to provide the best diagnostics. Thanks!
- Dec. 06, 2023
I was in and out of my eye exam shortly. I never felt rushed when picking out frames and the gal tha... t helped me made it very fun - I’ve never had glasses before! The doctor gave me straight up info about my eyes which I appreciated. I got to look at all the diagrams of my eyes which was super cool! Great visit 10/10
- Oct. 27, 2023
Dr. Martin and his staff are professional but also offer personal caring that you just don't see at ... other eye businesses
- Oct. 21, 2023
Laura and the staff was such a great help!! They made me feel very welcomed!! And I was able to pick... out the cutest glasses at a good price!! Thank you clear view vision care!
- Oct. 17, 2023
Everyone was friendly and professional, and the service was way above par.
- Sep. 29, 2023
Everyone was nice friendly and helpful!
- Sep. 26, 2023
Fantastic experience.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Excellent as always . Highly recommend Dr Martin
- Sep. 18, 2023
I have been going to Dr Martin for several years and this year he identified a potential problem wit... h my eyes. I am only 42 and this issue is normally something that comes up much later in life, but it can lead to blindness so it's quite serious. Dr. Martin immediately emphasized to me how important it was to follow up with a retina specialist and I could tell that he was trying to be careful not to cause undue stress but also that it was not something to take lightly. He had his staff get me an appointment (they even fought to get it moved up to a sooner date than what was originally available on my behalf). It turned out to be serious enough that i needed to have surgery on both eyes. To have a doctor who really CARES about your well being and isn't just pushing through as many patients as they can to make the most money possible is so refreshing. I highly recommend Clear View Vision!!!
- Sep. 18, 2023
Best eye doctor in Tucson !!!
- Sep. 15, 2023
Dr Martin has been my optometrist for decades and I recommend him to everyone I know. I have a fairl... y extreme prescription and I am always well taken care of.
- Sep. 06, 2023
Dr Martin is very nice and is knowledgeable with Dry eye syndrome And all his staff are so kind and... friendly
- Aug. 22, 2023
Excellent service.
- Aug. 08, 2023
They have very professional service but the staff and the doctor cares for the patient as a person.
- Jul. 27, 2023
Wonderful, caring doctor and staff. Care is first-rate, up to date, and at the highest professional ... standard. You can trust Dr. Martin with your eyes!

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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 Clear View Vision 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 Clear View Vision 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 Clear View Vision Care today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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