Vision Therapy in Garland

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 Garland

Our optometry practice in Garland

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • 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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- Apr. 13, 2024
Nice, fast , caring , and friendly from doctor to technicians and staffs.
- Apr. 08, 2024
This place is so nice and they have a great stuff. I appreciate the doctors for finding my narrow an... gles. I also got the doctors cell phone number because she cared that much. I really appreciate Abby for fixing my Gucci glasses
- Mar. 30, 2024
I was sad to see that Dr Bolish retired (though obviously happy for him and well-deserved), but the ... new optometrists and new opticians are excellent. Highly recommended.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Error in previous block. Wrote dentist instead of optometrist!! Too many surveys at once
- Mar. 22, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and professional from beginning to end.
- Mar. 14, 2024
I have always been a patient of Dr. Suder, and I have had nothing but great experiences! Dr. Suder i... s incredibly warm, and I appreciated her patience with me as I tried various contact lenses before eventually settling on glasses. Jamie is also amazing! She is attentive and took the time to assist me in finding the best frames for my sunglasses. Not only is she friendly and knowledgeable, but she also adjusted my frames and nose pads more accurately than anyone has before. Overall, I highly recommend this practice for any of your eye care needs!
- Mar. 13, 2024
Every staff member who I interacted with during my visit was friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed w... orking with Dr. Lim through my concerns. Also, I appreciate the reminder phone call and text messages about my appointment. I would recommend this location for your eye care.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Friendly staff, the waiting time was fast,
- Mar. 01, 2024
Me and my family have been coming here for years. Since Dr. Bolish has retired I saw Dr. Lim, she w... as amazing. Very thorough and has great energy. All staff is attentive and always friendly. Always a great experience!
- Feb. 27, 2024
Friendly staff, easy to schedule appt. R'cvd information in a clear and understandable manner.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Dr. Ashley is awesome!
- Feb. 06, 2024
Outstanding examination, very professional, and thorough. And the opticians in the glasses departmen... t are excellent
- Jan. 06, 2024
What a great place! Had gone here because it was covered by my insurance, but I'll keep coming here ... because of the fantastic service. Very professional, my eye doctor was so thorough and polite. But the star of the show was honestly Jamie who helped me go through my selection of potential glasses and helped me pick something in my price range/insurance coverage. She took a lot of care in helping me select frames that look amazing on me (I'm hopeless on this by myself) and she even found some frames to hold my old lenses until my new pair came in so I wouldn't be without. Great team, would recommend to anyone looking for a new eye doctor!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Love this place! My family all goes here and sees Dr. Suder. We love her! She’s extremely thorough... and knowledgeable. I love how she explains everything to you and she’ll answer all your questions and concerns with the utmost patience. We adore her, as well as Assma. If you’re looking to buy glasses or sunglasses here, ask for Asmma. She’s the expert!
- Dec. 18, 2023
Everyone here is the best. Dr. Bolish has been taking care of me for over 20 years and always goes t... he extra mile to take care of my special vision needs.Asmra (sp sorry!) is always patient with me and my taking so very long to pick out frames.
- Dec. 17, 2023
Great place for eye care and glasses. Staff is friendly and helpful and very polite. The polar oppo... site of Myeyedr on North Garland!
- Dec. 02, 2023
Just left my annual appointment and needed to commend Arturo in Optical, in addition to Dr. Lim. Bot... h went above and beyond to provide a great experience and terrific patient care. Thoroughly pleased and strongly recommend.
- Nov. 28, 2023
My eye exam went smoothly. The North Garland Vision staff treated me with A+ service!
- Nov. 12, 2023
Staff is pleasant. Dr. Lim is kind and informative. I went in for just an annual exam. Great options... for specs in store. Will be back to purchase glasses.
- Oct. 27, 2023
First time visiting and will definitely be returning. Dr. Lim was very chill and educational! Love a... doctor with great spirit. The front desk staff are wonderful as well! The young lady who performed the initial tests was amazing as well! Recommend to everyone!

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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 North Garland Vision 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 North Garland Vision 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 North Garland Vision today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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