Vision Therapy in Fredericksburg

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 Fredericksburg

Our optometry practice in Fredericksburg

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Hours
  • Monday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • VSP

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. 19, 2024
Great service. Took me in shortly after I arrived and reported in.. Everyone was kind and profession... al. Would recommend them to my family and friends.
- Apr. 18, 2024
I was a new and unannounced patient. My contact had split and part of it was stuck in my eye. They l... et me right in and took care of everything. Very professional and very skilled both by all the staff and the provider.
- Apr. 17, 2024
My child needed an emergency appointment for something on her eye. The staff were compassionate and ... went out of the way to help us. She received the best care! Dr treated her quickly and kindly; explained everything and we both left feeling relieved (and better). Absolutely wonderful experience.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great Dr. very thorough and easy to talk to. Explains everything.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great doctor and highly recommended to anyone!
- Apr. 12, 2024
A great experience as always. Receptionist was great, Dr Church was very professional and figured ou... t my problem. Check out was very helpful. Definitely recommend!
- Apr. 12, 2024
Premier Eyecare is top notch all the way!! professional and curtious service from staff and doctors... alike.
- Apr. 09, 2024
Dr. Tsai is always so thorough. She is caring and always taken care of my families vision needs. I w... on't go anywhere else! We think she is amazing!
- Apr. 09, 2024
Dr. Church is the best! He is always very friendly, attentive to my needs and thorough with his exa... m. The office staff is very friendly, and the office is always clean and looks nice.
- Apr. 08, 2024
Always a great visit with Dr. Tsai and her optical group
- Apr. 03, 2024
I love this office! My kids and I have been going to Premier Eyecare for several years and Dr. Chur... ch is the best! A couple of years ago we moved over an hour away and still come back for our exams and eye care. It’s always a positive experience, staff are amazing, and everyone works well with my kids including my daughter who has special needs.
- Mar. 29, 2024
Great experience!
- Mar. 27, 2024
Thorough, knowledgeable, and polite. Competent! The state of the art equipment. Book your appointmen... ts early in the day; most folks seem to come late morning
- Mar. 25, 2024
Great service Dr. Lambertson is truly great in what see does.
- Mar. 20, 2024
Everyone today at Premier eyecare from the receptionist that checked me in, to the technician that ... took me back to the office, and to Dr. Church were extremely positive, pleasant, and helpful. Dr. Church was very helpful and invested in researching the answers to the questions that I had. This is a very good office
- Mar. 15, 2024
Dr. Church and his staff are the best! I felt heard, seen and valued as a 1st time customer!
- Mar. 13, 2024
Everybody here is very professional as well as personable. I enjoy coming here and the glasses they ... made for me have dealt with my double vision issues much better than those I had gotten somewhere else.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Dr Tsai and Taylor always give the best care to our family and always listen to our concerns/needs. ... Rhonda , I believe that was our technician’s name in the ocular department, did a great job helping me narrow down the right pair of glasses out of the tons I picked. She didn’t make me feel rushed and helped answer all my insurance coverage questions.
- Mar. 08, 2024
very friendly staff and thorough exam.
- Mar. 06, 2024
I love Dr. Church. I feel he listens to me, answers my questions and has my eyesight as his top prio... rity.

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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 Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates 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 Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates 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 Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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