Vision Therapy in Southlake

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 Southlake

Our optometry practice in Southlake

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MetLife
  • Metlife Vision

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. 14, 2024
I cannot say enough great things about Dr Taylor Brooks. Very patient and kind. Took great care of m... e!
- Apr. 03, 2024
Dr. Brooks' team is always friendly and efficient. Dr. Brooks is always helpful with suggestions to ... better our eyes. We are thrilled with our cataract and lense replacements done at his referral. I always know I am in good hands and I can trust him!
- Mar. 14, 2024
As someone who regularly has eye/vision issues, it’s important for me to find a place I trust and ... feel comfortable in. Kirkwood Eye Center is exactly that. They are very helpful and friendly and have everything I would need in order to keep my eyes healthy.
- Mar. 06, 2024
I had a great experience from start to finish. Everyone there is friendly, knowledgeable & professio... nal. The facility is beautiful. Once you’ve been to Kirkwood, you’ll never go anywhere else!
- Mar. 03, 2024
Nothing Bad to say. Had a great experience. Went in to get glasses for the first time and would defi... nitely recommend them.
- Feb. 22, 2024
Dr. Hogan was great! I came in for an emergency on vacation and he helped fix my red eye right away!... Wish I lived in town so I could visit again!
- Feb. 17, 2024
Great doctors, that care and listen
- Feb. 15, 2024
First time seeing Dr Hogan. Extremely efficient, knowledgeable, and personable. The office in gene... ral is very nice.
- Feb. 02, 2024
Dr. Brooks is very helpful, accurate and personable. We love going to him and his staff for our eye ... care concerns.
- Nov. 14, 2023
I bounced around trying to find a close , professional, knowledgable, and pleasant eye dr and staff.... This is the place ! everything is right there and entire staff is friendly and ready to help. Highly recommend.
- Nov. 06, 2023
I struggled getting the right contact lens prescription. Dr. Brooks and staff worked hard to help m... e find the right one.
- Oct. 17, 2023
Very friendly staff. I recommend Kirkwood Eye Center.
- Sep. 23, 2023
Great experience. Dr Hogan was very thorough, professional and friendly. Abby did the tests quickly ... and made me feel very welcome.
- Sep. 14, 2023
They truly care about my vision and you can feel it. Dr Brooks explains everything in detail so tha... t I am an informed patient. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
- Sep. 13, 2023
I just got insurance for the first time and was very nervous about how it would work out and what I ... would need to do for an eye appointment. Dr. Brooks and everyone in the office were very nice and welcoming. Definitely recommend
- Sep. 07, 2023
Wonderful staff here. I will make sure to keep taking my eye care here.
- Aug. 26, 2023
Very efficient and smooth experience. Staff was friendly and Dr. Brooks is very knowledgeable and ca... ring. Not pushy if you don't want glasses or contacts.
- Jul. 10, 2023
My new contact and eye glasses place, I like this place.
- Jun. 29, 2023
Dr. Brooks was competent, and professional, and listened to my concerns. I was very satisfied with t... he service.
- May. 19, 2023
My forever favorite eye doctor and location hands down.

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

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