Vision Therapy in Owosso

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 Owosso

Our optometry practice in Owosso

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

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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- Apr. 13, 2024
Friendly, professional staff!
- Apr. 05, 2024
Friendly staff clean business
- Mar. 31, 2024
Excellent eye care
- Mar. 08, 2024
They are quick and give great service and are friendly I recommend anyone to go there.
- Mar. 07, 2024
Great place to get eyewear
- Feb. 25, 2024
Staff is very friendly and helpful!
- Feb. 24, 2024
I love coming to the Owosso office at Advanced Eye. The doctors and staff are friendly, efficient a... nd very helpful. Things run smoothly and on time. They’re great at making you feel important and helpful picking frames that suit your face and personality. I highly recommend this office to anyone wanting to feel good about their eye care and eye wear!
- Feb. 23, 2024
Absolutely the best eye care place! The staff is very helpful, friendly and informed. Great service ... and selection of eye glssses!
- Feb. 18, 2024
Dr. Billy and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. The office is clean and comforta... ble. They have a great selection of frames.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Great place for all your eyecare needs. Staff and Drs are always friendly!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Excellent customer service and support! The staff worked extremely well together. I loved the extr... a support they gave me in choosing new frames. This is normally an agonizing decision for me, but they made it fun and easy!! I will definitely recommend to others.
- Dec. 26, 2023
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- Nov. 13, 2023
Best eye care center that I’ve ever been to.
- Oct. 12, 2023
I was waited on upon my arrival and was treated with respect
- Sep. 30, 2023
Highly recommend!
- Aug. 29, 2023
Awesome place
- Aug. 22, 2023
Friendly, knowledgeable doctors and staff!
- Aug. 22, 2023
Advanced Eye Care did a wonderful job taking care of both my wife and me. They were very friendly an... d helpful. The Dr. was very thorough and explained things clearly. We will certainly continue our eye care with them.
- Jun. 30, 2023
Haven't been to them in 11 years. Returned 6/27/23. Everyone was very nice, and I've already got a c... all that my glasses are in.
- Jun. 06, 2023
Highly recommend for their above and beyond service! I have been going here for my eye care for a f... ew years now and they are always so nice and accommodating. Today they helped me fix and issue with glasses that I got way too long ago that were still bothering me. Rather than telling me sorry, too late, they went out of their way to make sure I ended up with something comfortable that I will wear instead.

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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 Advanced Eyecare & Contact Lens Center - Owosso 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 Advanced Eyecare & Contact Lens Center - Owosso 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 Advanced Eyecare & Contact Lens Center - Owosso today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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