Vision Therapy in Upper Darby

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 Upper Darby

Our optometry practice in Upper Darby

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • 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. 12, 2024
Olympus Vision provided us with Excellent service from beginning to end!
- Mar. 15, 2024
Excellent customer service! Jasmine is awesome! She is patient and detailed oriented. I love this pl... ace. I will definitely be returning!
- Feb. 20, 2024
I brought my eyeglasses prescription over to Olympus Vision today. OMG, what a great visit I had ! I... had never come over to Olympus before. Hannah helped me. She's fantastic, and very nice and knowledgeable and helpful. I picked out several frames, and I asked her to help me choose the best one for me, size and measurement-wise. I appreciated her patience ! Also, Jasmine was helpful. I am so glad I came to Olympus Vision. It is an absolute GEM ! Whenever you need glasses, come right on over here. You won't be sorry, and you'll look forward to all future appointments !
- Feb. 13, 2024
A very thorough and efficient examination with excellent personnel. great customer
- Feb. 08, 2024
AWESOME EXPERIENCE friendly considerate staff. Great after school and after work hours. This place i... s the best keep secret. I will return again
- Jan. 02, 2024
Dr. B was the best and he is very knowledgeable. He was able to point out something that another doc... tor had missed. Hanna was very patient and helpful.
- Dec. 30, 2023
I love the eye doctors at Olympus Vision. The service at the front is so pleasant. They work with a ... smile and take their time when servicing you at the desk. I always felt like family when I am at the office. I won’t change doctors for a long time :-). I love it here.
- Dec. 22, 2023
Everyone is so helpful and friendly! They always explain things to you as well. I always take my son... here and he loves it! Just the absolute best place to get an eye exam. The doctor and staff are great! So glad we finally found our eye place!
- Dec. 20, 2023
Friendly, great service.
- Nov. 29, 2023
I really enjoyed my visit with Olympus Vision. The customer service was amazing and my appointment w... as quick and efficient.
- Nov. 22, 2023
I loved it there i got my eyes exam here . They was very nice , the place was very neat clean and pr... ofessional. They also performed a diabetes eyes test and showed me my results. Even the doctor him self was awesome.
- Oct. 28, 2023
The doctor was able to explain my blindness that anyone could understand. He was also very compassio... nate as he was explaining what happened to my sight.
- Sep. 28, 2023
Always polite and friendly. Makes you feel important in how they care for you.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Every time I have been to Olympus my experience has been nothing but phenomenal. From the desk staff... to the optimist, they all are great and service is impeccable.
- Sep. 11, 2023
My first time at Olympus vision and all staff were amazing. Freddy was so friendly and helpful. He d... oes takes his time to get the best for customers. I appreciate that a lot. Thank you!
- Sep. 11, 2023
Ive been a customer for 2 Yrs, Always great service, new addition to the team Freddy excellent, tak... es his time and explaining every details. 🙏❤️
- Aug. 31, 2023
They are fantastic! Everyone is very professional
- Aug. 24, 2023
My daughter rated this a 10/10 experience. This was her first eye exam and she felt really cared for... . We were in and out within an hr. Highly recommend if you need an appointment asap and would like to receive high quality care.
- Aug. 14, 2023
Took my sister for an eye appointment here and the staff were super nice and friendly! Freddy was a ... big help, stand up guy! Even tightened my glass for me! Will definitely be returning in the future
- Aug. 03, 2023
I had an outstanding experience with my ophthalmologist and the entire staff. Their professionalism ... and respectfulness were commendable as they diligently attended to my dehydrated eyes and anisometropia, offering comprehensive medical treatments to promote recovery. Their unwavering commitment to ensuring my well-being and success in the treatment process deserves high praise. I wholeheartedly endorse their services and would rate them with the highest accolade possible - five stars.

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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 Olympus Vision 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 Olympus Vision 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 Olympus Vision today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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