Vision Therapy in Bellevue

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 Bellevue

Our optometry practice in Bellevue

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • 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.


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- Nov. 14, 2023
Recently moved to Bellevue and had to start looking for a new place for my annual eye checkup. Found... this place and I have no complaints about them. Dr. Jones and her staff were very friendly and patient. Dr. Jones educated me the difference between the contact lens brands and helped me save a little more on the contacts. Lots of parking spots in front of the building.
- Jun. 29, 2023
Was worried about blurriness in my left eye. They got me in within a few days. Dr. Lindberg did va... rious procedures to determine a little progression of pre-cataracts but not glaucoma or macular degeneration. Very confident in Dr. Lindberg and he has a pleasant, reassuring manner. Thanks!
- Jun. 02, 2023
Dr. Kwong is a great and patient doctor. I’ve been seeing her for over 5 years and have always had... positive experiences with her and her assistant.
- Jun. 01, 2023
I’ve been coming to the eye care center for many many years, and I couldn’t even think of going ... anywhere else. They take such good care of you from the minute you walk in, all the way to meeting the doctor and the staff is fabulous I highly recommend them.
- May. 19, 2023
Great staff. Atmosphere is very tranquil and they got me in within just minutes of my appointment ti... me. Five out of five stars.
- May. 17, 2023
Professional, positive and very helpful.
- May. 05, 2023
Thorough, easy, friendly, clean. 10/10 Highly recommend.
- May. 03, 2023
Wonderful experience from start to finish. I highly recommend this very professional and extremely p... ersonable optometrist office. They really go above and beyond. I never feel pressured to purchase frames or services. They care about my needs over trying to make a sale, and in this day and age that is amazing!
- May. 01, 2023
Friendly, professional, glad to have found this place
- Apr. 29, 2023
Very good care, friendly and warm, would recommend my friends and family to the Eyecare Center. Look... ing forward to many years of being apart of this center.
- Apr. 26, 2023
Dr Jones was so lovely with my daughter, and patient to explain the exams to us.
- Apr. 25, 2023
I've been a patient of The Eyecare Center for 30 years. The doctors and staff are true pros and use ... the latest tech to track the health of my eyes. Highly recommended.
- Apr. 20, 2023
Peofessional and well service.
- Apr. 19, 2023
I've been going here since I was a child. Now my children experience the high level of care I've bee... n blessed to have. I've always been in good hands with folks who care about our eyes in a authentic and beautiful way.
- Apr. 11, 2023
They got me in quick because of eye problem and answered all my questions.
- Apr. 09, 2023
Every staff is very nice and professional!
- Apr. 08, 2023
Happy ro have been referred. I'm actually texting this after using Vuity drops for the first time an... d...without needing my glasses! This office provides great customer care.
- Apr. 07, 2023
Dr Lindberg is absolutely awesome and has helped me navigate complicated eye care decisions with eas... e.
- Apr. 04, 2023
Warm, friendly and attentive staff. I've been a customer of this location a very long time and they ... do a great job. Dr Kwong is dedicated and passionate about her work and it shows in her work ethic and patient relations. Definitely go here if you're looking for quality optometry and lenses!
- Apr. 03, 2023
We are from out of state and we came for a trip to Seattle. My little brother wears dream lens, whic... h requires a plunger to pull the lens out. Our family forgot it at home, and so we spent all morning scrambling for a place where they had those plungers. Soon, we finally found this office. The lady at the front desk was so nice and they gave us the plunger free of cost. To the front desk lady: thank you so much for helping my brother!

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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 The Eyecare 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 The Eyecare 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 The Eyecare Center today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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