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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.

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.


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 Montgomery Village Eye Center 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 Montgomery Village Eye Center eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

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- Dec. 18, 2023
Carlos is a fantastic employee who is very efficient at his job. He is flexible and accommodating of... all ones needs as well as being kind, welcoming, and courteous.
- Oct. 11, 2023
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- Jun. 02, 2023
Staff was all very friendly and my appointment was quick. And a huge shout-out to STEPHANIE FIGUEROA... ! She helped me pick out my frames and was nothing short of perfection and professional. I will be HIGHLY recommending her and the rest of the staff!!
- Apr. 28, 2023
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- Dec. 12, 2022
First time patient and I had great experience on my visit. Staff was very knowledgeable and explaine... d everything in detail. Visit was for contacts fitting and annual exam.
- Oct. 23, 2022
I have seen many eye doctors in my life and never had the right prescriptions for my glasses. My rig... ht eye has different sight than my left. Dr Miller took her time checked my eyes and for the first time in my life I can see clearly. I am so glad to found this eye doctor. Last but not least, the workers from the front desk to the techs were very helpful and caring. It was my first time to come to this eye clinic I got lost and was late for my appointment after driving for 40 miles to get to their office. I was worried I will not be seen and will not have my eye exam. I called in a panic to ask them their location not only they guide me to their direction, I was able to see the doctor. As anyone can witness, it is rare to find people who are caring. These group of people are very unique. Thank you for being human.
- Apr. 29, 2022
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- Feb. 10, 2021
Dr Miller is so wonderful and the staff there are absolute stars. Everyone is professional and super... friendly. I highly recommend.
- Mar. 13, 2019
Great staff, doctor was very thorough during examination. I will never go anywhere else!
- Nov. 30, 2018
I didnt have an appointment and thought I would stop in to inquire about my warrenty. Nicole helped ... me replace my frame under warrenty in minutes! Nice people and quick service.
- May. 18, 2018
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- Oct. 17, 2016
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- Aug. 18, 2016
Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. I broke my glasses before a vacation and Susan went out of the... way to get me a new pair in record time. Very impressed. Dr. Miller is very professional and is very thorough with the eye exams.
- Jul. 29, 2016
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- Jul. 26, 2016
I was a patient of Dr. Miller when I lived in Gaithersburg, MD a long time ago. However, I moved to ... PG County and have seen 3 different eye clinics but none of them have been able to match up to the level of service or care that Dr. Miller and her staff provide. Which is why after 5 years, I have returned to her office. I'm living in Upper Marlboro MD but Dr. Miller is worth the drive. Plus, she has state-of-the-art equipment!!!
- Feb. 25, 2016
My experience with the Montgomery Village Eye Center was nothing but a great one. All the associates... were very welcoming with broad smiles on their faces. The office spaces were nice and clean and my exam was done in a timely manner. This is a must visit Eye Center for anybody with Optometry needs.
- Dec. 28, 2015
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- Sep. 01, 2015
I've never been to an eye doctor who could explain, in a succinct understandable manner, more about... how my eyes are behaving than Dr. Gabriella Miller. Other eye doctors had been reluctant to switch me to soft lenses but she was able to put me into lenses that helped my vision immediately and also were more comfortable. Her staff also helped me with glasses that were affordable and attractive. I highly recommend Dr. Miller.

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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 Montgomery Village Eye Center today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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