Vision Therapy in Boerne

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 Boerne

Our optometry practice in Boerne

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Hours
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Eye Med
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

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. 10, 2024
Easy to do business with. Can do attitude. Experienced. Professional. Excellent customer service.
- Mar. 18, 2024
Friendly and courteous! Appointments are always on time and efficient. Whether it's helping you pi... ck out your lenses or helping your teen with contacts the first time. Everyone takes great care of you!
- Mar. 14, 2024
I love the staff at Trinity Vision! They treat everyone like family!
- Mar. 13, 2024
Wonderful Experience!!
- Mar. 08, 2024
Great eye care in a pleasant environment and convenient location
- Mar. 06, 2024
Best ever. Couldnt find a better dr or staff of any kind anywhere.
- Feb. 27, 2024
Great staff, friendly and efficient. I've been a customer for about 20 years. Quality on glasses w... as MUCH better than cheaper optical shops.
- Feb. 12, 2024
I had gotten my exam done elsewhere but was able to take my script to them and get designer glasses ... with little out of pocket had a great experience and I will recommend them to all my friends and family from now on.
- Jan. 20, 2024
Staff and facilities were terrific!
- Jan. 19, 2024
This place is great Dr. Kim was great he explained everything to me and made sure that I understood.... The office is really clean and the staff is so friendly.
- Jan. 16, 2024
Wonderful team !
- Jan. 12, 2024
Great office!
- Jan. 02, 2024
My eyes were itching to the point that it was hard to get motivated to do anything. I called and was... seen right away and was prescribed an eye drop that immediately fixed the issue.
- Dec. 30, 2023
Takes pictures internal of eye and explains what is going . Keeps office really clean
- Dec. 17, 2023
This place was able to get me in same day! Dr. Kim came in figured out what was wrong and fixed it. ... His staff was incredible to work with as well! I will be back!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Easy to make appointment. Staff fast and efficient
- Nov. 16, 2023
Excellent exercise ever time I see Dr Kim and his staff are very professional and lovely II tell all... my friends and family about Doctor Kim Thank You Deanna Servin
- Nov. 01, 2023
Annalyse went above and beyond to make my 6 year old feel special when she got her first pair of gla... sses. Thank you so much!
- Oct. 05, 2023
Dr. Kim researched a potential future eye issue relating to a new medication. He took the time to d... evelop a plan and explain the possible side effects and what to be aware of to identify the problem.
- Sep. 17, 2023
This office is amazing! I was able to make my appointment online and get in the next day! Before my ... appointment the staff (specifically Amy and Jenna) went above and beyond to help me verify my insurance coverage and were super kind to answer any questions I had. I went in for eye allergies and Dr Kim informed me I actually had ocular rosacea. I would have never known and I was very pleased with his professionalism and his thorough diagnosis. I will definitely return and refer my family and friends!

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

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