Vision Therapy in Glenview

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 Glenview

Our optometry practice in Glenview

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • MetLife
  • Blue Cross

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. 05, 2024
It's an excellent optometrist place. Staff was polite and efficient. Quick but good eye exam and goo... d prices with insurance (MetLife). Glasses took a few days but great work. Overall great place and I can recommend.
- Jan. 22, 2024
The office staff is always accommodating. Dr. Mehta is very thorough & informative. There is plenty ... of parking available. We recommend this practice & we are so glad we found this office.
- Jan. 01, 2024
My experience at Vision Central was great and I will highly recommend them
- Nov. 23, 2023
Great experience from beginning to end. Knowledgeable staff...optician, Ken with years of experienc... e and thorough exam by Dr Mehta. Going back to pick a new frame from their large display of choices.
- Aug. 20, 2023
First time here and I was welcomed as me and my son walked in, staff was friendly. I recommend Visio... n Central
- Aug. 11, 2023
Good place
- Aug. 07, 2023
They are nice guys and professional
- Jul. 30, 2023
Very nice store, everyone was very professional and friendly.
- Jul. 11, 2023
The staff and Maria were extremely helpful in choosing my polarized glasses and contact lenses. The ... Doctor listened to my concerns regarding my vision. I highly recommend Vision Central!
- Jul. 06, 2023
I've been seeing Dr. Kim for two years now and she is the best!
- Jun. 02, 2023
Dr. Kim is so amazing and the rest of the staff here are very kind and helpful. Super happy with my ... new glasses <3
- Apr. 10, 2023
Vison Central in Glenview is great!!! Starting with Dr.Mehta, she is very knowledgeable, attentive a... nd really cares for her patients. The staff is professional, friendly and caring. Everyone was extremely helpful and kind during my visit. They have a good selection of frames and reasonable prices. I would definitely recommend others to go there.
- Mar. 19, 2023
I felt so welcome here. They answered all my question. The doctor was so friendly . All the staff we... re friendly. I recommend coming here .
- Jan. 05, 2023
Dr. Mehta is one of the best ophthalmologists
- Nov. 28, 2022
All staff and doctor are very helpful.
- Jul. 24, 2022
I highly recommend this location, all of my experiences with both the doctors and staff have been re... ally positive.
- Oct. 28, 2021
The staffs were really nice and helpful. Also they have a lot of cute glasses frames, so if you want... to go for more trendy vibe, I highly recommend this place.
- Oct. 27, 2021
Their custom service is so nice. Everybody was so kind and passionate.
- Oct. 21, 2021
The best place to got eyeglasses,the quality is the best and the service. Is outstanding,I highly re... commend,they always go out and beyond to give you the best service
- Oct. 06, 2021
From the moment we walked in, We felt so welcomed. Kay led us a through a swift and smooth in take (... our first time in). The shop is super clean and the staff wipe after every use. Justine helped us pick out frames and was so helpful—even went out of her way to get us the best deal! Dr. Kim was fantastic—very informative and made us both feel very comfortable. Definitely our new spot!

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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 Vision Central 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 Vision Central 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 Vision Central today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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