Vision Therapy in Concord

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 Concord

Our optometry practice in Concord

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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  • Medicare
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  • Aetna
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  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed
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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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- Mar. 04, 2024
The doctor and staff are amazing. I went in with some eye concerns. They listened to my concerns and... gave me world class care. They are super friendly and efficient. I highly recommend them.
- Feb. 22, 2024
Professional service, nice staff, welcoming and caring.
- Feb. 16, 2024
The entire staff is just amazing. Very friendly atmosphere from the moment you walk in. The doctor... that examined me was very good and the selection of frames is wonderful.
- Jan. 23, 2024
The workers are awesome and helped me pick out the best glasses.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Excellent customer service. Went there to swap my broken glasses for a replacement pair. They were q... uick and friendly. And gave tips for caring for my glasses. Parking can be crowded during peak times, I went around 430pm on a weekday.
- Oct. 30, 2023
The Crown Vision Center staff is truly amazing, ESPECIALLY JENNIFER!!! She takes the time to answer ... all my questions, clearly explains each fee and gives feedback on which frames work best with my face structure. I have a hard time selecting glasses and she is always patient with me. I love my glasses and get compliments often. I would recommend this location to all my friends and family 🙂
- Oct. 22, 2023
Friendly staff. Knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Always a good experience when I go there.
- Oct. 10, 2023
We love Crown Vision Center! The staff are always very friendly, courteous and professional. And ver... y patient with answering all my questions.
- Sep. 25, 2023
Everyone here is always smiling and making our day! Thank you for the respect, professionalism, and ... knowledge! David, Kathy & David Jr.
- Sep. 08, 2023
EXCELLENT SERVICES - FOCUS ON EYE HEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
- Aug. 23, 2023
Timely scheduling, friendly staff
- Aug. 21, 2023
Great experience!! The receptionist and the Dr’s assistant began with a wonderful experience. The ... Dr.. Dr Sherwood .. excellent.. very thorough. Highly recommend!!
- Aug. 01, 2023
Very caring and will to please the customers and treated me with respect . The Doctor was very g... ood and intelligent . And very kind .such a sweet staff .excellent customer service.
- Jul. 04, 2023
When we changed insurance, we decided to try a new optical company. We came to the Tesson Ferry loca... tion and I'm so glad we did. All 4 of my kids wear glasses, so it's an ordeal to get them all in for appointments. The staff here have always been so amazing. Taking the time to get to know my kids on a personal level. Making them smile and giggle with little jokes. Explaining to the kids what to expect because they are nervous. So many little things that add to an overall amazing experience! Again, I am highly impressed with the level of customer service we continue to experience at this location 💗
- Jun. 13, 2023
Doctors are always spot on with my prescriptions and very friendly and professional at the same time... . Office staff is friendly and so helpful. This is my favorite Crown Vision location, as far as staff and service, so far.
- May. 15, 2023
Nice place. Staff is courteous and knowledgeable. Happy with my glasses.
- Mar. 16, 2023
Then staff is very friendly and spend time making sure you select the perfect frames and fit.
- Mar. 02, 2023
Dr. Sherwood and staff are amazing! Highly recommended!
- Feb. 15, 2023
They have been very responsive to my needs, once when I lost my hard contact and again when I had co... njunctivitis.
- Jan. 17, 2023
Outstanding optical experience!

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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 Crown Vision Center - Tesson Ferry 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 Crown Vision Center - Tesson Ferry 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 Crown Vision Center - Tesson Ferry today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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