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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 Epic EyeCare 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 Epic EyeCare eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

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- Oct. 25, 2023
Dr. Hoang is great! Very personable and provided a variety of suggestions for contact lenses for us ... to choose from. Had both siblings fitted here for eye glasses and while the glasses are expensive, the eye exams were quick and accurate!
- Jul. 28, 2023
Friendly people. Dr. Hoang really cares about patients.
- Jan. 26, 2023
I have been seeing Dr. Tran for about 8 years now, maybe longer? Even though I have moved further an... d further away during that time (I am now over an hour away), I continue to come here because everyone is so nice and welcoming. The receptionists are always super respectful and helpful. Everyone else is incredibly patient with me, especially when I have to walk around the office with no contacts and have to feel my way around because I am BLIND. Dr. Tran’s exams are little fast paced but I don’t mind. He’s pretty laid back but still very professional. I like being able to crack too jokes without feeling weird/ awkward and I feel safe enough to do that here. I’ve never had any communication issues and everything is always explained to me so there aren’t any surprises. I really appreciate that and will continue to come here as long as it’s open.
- Nov. 29, 2022
Great dr. Went for an annual eye check up and felt like I was talking to a friend. Recommend him to ... anyone!
- Jul. 06, 2022
Dr. Tran and his staffs are very personable and friendly. Dr. Tran has been my doctor to see for ove... r 10 years.. really love the services provided here.. come check this location out great great service, friendly doctor and staffs.
- Mar. 06, 2022
A very funny and friendly eye doctor.
- Dec. 20, 2021
My kids and I was a new first time patients at Epic Eye Care Dr. Tran and his staff was very friend... ly and they keep the place very nice and clean we was so glad we found an awesome Optometrist
- Nov. 12, 2021
My experience was over all fantastic, all of my questions were answered the doctor was very friendl... y and helpful throughout the process. 100% would recommend
- Oct. 28, 2021
Friendly and accommodating staff! Dr. Tran is thorough and knowledgeable. I trust his expertise and ... always get great results year after year. One time, I ran out of contacts before I was able to order my new prescription. In the meantime, I had a huge presentation to give at work. Being that I’m not as confident wearing my glasses, Dr. Tran and his team made sure I had a pair of contacts for the day of. They really care about their patients. You can also tell that his employees are happy to be there. That says a lot about how Dr. Tran is running his practice and taking care of his employees. Look no further! You are in good hands at Epic Eye Care!
- Sep. 23, 2021
We highly recommend this place The people there are awesome, super polite,friendly and helpful The ... lady who tested our kids no words to describe how sweet she is 🥰
- Sep. 16, 2021
Have been there more than ten years with such a knowledgeable doctor and also his professional stuff... s.
- May. 22, 2021
I found Dr. Tran's office as I was driving down Beltline Rd in Garland one afternoon. The sign ''Epi... c Eye Care'' caught my attention, and since I had previously been to see another eye specialist not far from his office; and because I was not happy with the final results,. I made an appointment with Dr. Tran. I had also referred a friend of mine to visit the previous eye doctor, and I went with my friend on two or three occasions to have her eyes checked. When we left for the final time, I was not pleased with the examines and the charges. It was obvious the doctor was strictly interested in how much money she could make from my friend. She ran numerous test and each one was very expensive; needless to say, she could not come up with a diagnosis. That was my main reason for making an appointment with Dr. Tran. Since the first time I visited his office... I and my friend and several others whom I have recommended see Dr. Tran for any eye problems have done so for several years now. Dr. Tran is a very unique person and an exceptional human being and Eye Doctor. He has diagnosed and treated my eye problems and many of my friends' ever since I first met him. He has also referred me to a couple of other eye specialist for special treatments which were required.. Dr. Tran is truly one of a kind! And he is very knowledgeable and precise in his profession. I am 73 years old and have seen more than a few medical doctors, dentists, and eye doctors during my life time. Dr. Tran is the exception, and he has been a true blessing to me! I have the utmost appreciation and respect for this man!. If you are in need of a wonderful eye doctor, go see my friend, Dr. Pui Tran. You will see first hand exactly what I have been talking about... Jim Martin - Garland, Texas.
- May. 03, 2021
This clinic was one of the best ones I been too. I got there and was immediately helped and welcomed... . The workers there are very nice, friendly, and helpful! Dr. Tran was super fast and helpful as well !
- Apr. 09, 2021
Great atmosphere, very friendly staff.
- Mar. 26, 2021
Dr. Tran and his staff were extremely friendly and thorough. We had a great experience overall and p... lan to make this our eye care home!
- Mar. 26, 2021
Everyone is so nice and helpful
- Mar. 08, 2021
I’ve been an established patient with this office for several years already; I never leave with a ... bad experience. The staff is always friendly and quick as well as the Optometrist. I’m never leaving this office 😉 Keep doing what y’all have been doing!
- Jan. 11, 2021
The staff and Dr. Tran are wonderful. I absolutely recommend this clinic for younger children that h... ave a difficult time doing the eye exam at school.
- Jan. 08, 2021
Totally, unexpectedly and rewarding 1st appointment. I have a specially difficult issue with one eye... . From Gabi, the medical assistant, to the doctor himself, they were professional, right to the point, explained his advise and started my new contact lens fittings trial. The unexpected part is that my insurance should cover the expense including the lens which would have cost me over $500 per year. Hopefully if the daily wear contacts work out, my eyes will be healthier, have better vision and comfort. I highly recommend Dr. Tran.
- Dec. 23, 2020
Awesome I like all the rep and doctor ,was treated good

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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 Epic EyeCare today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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