Vision Therapy in Cross Roads

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 Cross Roads

Our optometry practice in Cross Roads

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas

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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- Feb. 16, 2024
Dr. Middleton and the staff did a great job making the boys feel comfortable during our visit. Overa... ll great experience for my boys.
- Feb. 06, 2024
This is a friendly, professional team that makes every part of the process as smooth and effortless ... as possible. The doctor was fast without being rushed, and explained everything that was happening in understandable terms. Great visit and already recommended to my wife who is looking for a new place to get her eyes examined.
- Feb. 05, 2024
All Doctors and staff are wonderful from start to finish. Everybody is so welcoming. I LOVE my new g... lasses!! They have price points from what insurance covers to a designer pair. I
- Jan. 19, 2024
Amazing experience!! Everyone was friendly and attentive, and the big selection of glasses is nice b... ut not overwhelming. The lady ordering the prescription and frames was very nice, and she made double sure on everything regarding insurance coverage and if the glasses fit properly. The eye doctor was easy-going, thorough, and made the exam feel quick and easy. Compared to visionworks, which I had a horrible time there a year or two ago (they got my prescription completely wrong and communication was awful), this place feels way more professional. Definitely come here for a quality experience and exam!
- Jan. 13, 2024
The staff is amazing. They take time to help through the entire eye care experience
- Dec. 22, 2023
This is our first time visiting. All employees are professional and efficient, no over solicitation ... .Paul is our doctor , he is very patient and knowledgeable, will come back definitely
- Dec. 09, 2023
Dr. Coleman was excellent. He was knowledgeable and kind. The technology here is comprehensive and t... hey accept insurance.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Staff is very friendly & accommodating. I saw Dr. Coleman & he was professional & answered all of my... questions. He is top notch!! I highly recommend!!
- Dec. 02, 2023
Great Dr. Thank Dr. Coleman for your superb care!
- Nov. 10, 2023
Can’t say enough good things about the staff here. Great doctor, great help with picking out my fr... ames. So easy and so friendly!
- Nov. 06, 2023
The eye place is very inviting. Both the doctors and employees are very knowledgeable and caring. Gr... eat location to complete both eye exams and purchase glasses or contact.
- Nov. 05, 2023
Great service and friendly staff
- Oct. 20, 2023
Great experience!
- Oct. 07, 2023
Outstanding Optometrists and staff, along with a good variety of frames and sunglasses:)
- Oct. 06, 2023
Friendly, attentive, efficient and quick experience!! Dr. Paul was so kind!
- Oct. 06, 2023
Great staff
- Sep. 11, 2023
Mady & Kathy are the absolute BEST!!!!
- Sep. 06, 2023
Great atmosphere... Fast, caring and efficient service
- Aug. 24, 2023
Great staff and doctors. The staff treated my family. This is our first time at Total Eyecare & Eyew... ear Gallery. They are professional, quick, knowledgeable, and has up-to-date technology. The front staff were very patient with teaching my teen how to use contacts. More patient than I am. The office is welcoming with an upscale ambiance. I've been wearing glasses for about 10 years, Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery is the best office that I have encountered. Keep up the great work!
- Aug. 16, 2023
The Drs at Total Eyecare are the best!!

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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 Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery - Cross Roads 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 Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery - Cross Roads 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 Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery - Cross Roads today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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