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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. 21, 2024
All of the people at Alvernon Optical are very attentive and very polite and helpful.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Always a great experience with Alvernon Optical. Staff and docs are always so caring and professiona... l. Great selection of contacts and glasses, plus super fast service!
- Feb. 09, 2024
Great staff, high level of excellence demonstrated!
- Feb. 02, 2024
The frame options are nice and comfy.
- Dec. 26, 2023
Extremely kind and courteous. They were also very efficient, I was in and out of there within about ... 40 minutes for an eye exam and to choose some new frames!! Really patient and informative and made sure to explain all my options and what my insurance covered. Couldn't recommend them enough.
- Dec. 13, 2023
Excellent staff and Dr's. Very friendly & professional. Don't change anything, keep doing what you'r... e doing
- Nov. 07, 2023
Dr. Paul Cinalli is experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. I had an easy and nonstressful experien... ce. He also gives a tremendous amount of feedback concerning your eyes.
- Oct. 31, 2023
They work with a lot of insurances. They are kind and patient and do a great job of explaining compl... icated material.
- Oct. 10, 2023
My new prescription matches my eyesight perfectly (thank you, Dr Cinalli!) and I love my new glasses... (thank you, Myranda, for helping me choose frames). I highly recommend Alvernon Optical!
- Sep. 16, 2023
I'll be going there for the rest of my life, they very good...
- Sep. 13, 2023
Wow...Fantastic experience all the way around today. The person whom greeted me and conducted the i... nitial tests, Dr. Laura S. was great and the person whom helped me with my glasses (forgot her name... 🙁 ). I'll keep coming back!!
- Sep. 04, 2023
Amazing place! Very friendly staff.
- Aug. 12, 2023
Great staff and overall good experience.
- Jul. 21, 2023
Great customer service year after year!
- Jul. 16, 2023
All the staff are great , I had one small issue and they went above and beyond to help me correct it... 🙂, I would recommend Alvernon Optical to all that is looking for somewhere to go for eye care
- May. 17, 2023
Easy and convenient to schedule exam, Dr & Staff are easy to communicate with and they demonstrate p... rofessionalism and knowledge.
- May. 01, 2023
I have been going yo Dr Cinalli for years. He is an amazing eye doctor who is super respectful & pro... fessional. His office always run on time and I appreciate them.
- Apr. 15, 2023
I have been going here for years and consistently have great and friendly service from the staff and... Dr. Cinalli! I highly recommend!!
- Apr. 02, 2023
My new glasses were a perfect fit and the service was excellent.
- Apr. 01, 2023
Outstanding experience at alvernon optical.

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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 Alvernon Optical - Alvernon & 5th 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 Alvernon Optical - Alvernon & 5th 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 Alvernon Optical - Alvernon & 5th today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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