Vision Therapy in Wilburton

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 Wilburton

Our optometry practice in Wilburton

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Medicare
  • Humana
  • Aetna
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Regence
  • Cigna
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • VSP
  • Spectera
  • Tricare
  • TriWest
  • United Healthcare

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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- May. 10, 2024
Everyone at the office was super kind and helpful. Really easy to make an appt. The doctor himself w... as so knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable.
- May. 02, 2024
Always a pleasant experience with Dr McManus and his professional and friendly staff!
- Apr. 30, 2024
Had a problem with glasses and prescription. They took ownership and corrected both fast. Very nice ... place!!
- Apr. 17, 2024
Always the best experience here! I drove all the way from Ocean Shores because Dr McManus is the mos... t knowledgeable Optometrist I have ever seen and he has the best staff as well!
- Apr. 15, 2024
Dr. Manus and his staff are always very helpful and willing to take the time to explain how vision w... orks. This has been helpful in understanding what the correct course of action should be.
- Apr. 12, 2024
Much thanks to Emily and Dr. McManus for squeezing me into their busy schedule, testing and diagnosi... s of my eye issue. They are very professional and provide exceptional care!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Dr McManus is the best. He is thorough, thoughtful and so very knowledgeable. I won't trust anyone... else with my eyes. His staff is great as well.
- Mar. 05, 2024
Dr. McManus is great! He is pleasant, competent, caring, thorough. His staff are gracious and effici... ent.
- Feb. 21, 2024
Been seeing Dr. McManus for 15 years. Highly recommend.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Complete and comprehensive care. The entire staff made me feel welcome. Answered my questions and ... treated me very well in a totally professional manner. I will return for my next check up and maybe some updated reading glasses soon.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Truly the best. Dr. McManus and the front desk staff were all so patient, friendly and knowledgeable... . Dr. McManus really takes his time to figure out what you need and makes sure you understand what's going on with your eyes. I left the office feeling really relieved and dare I say, with my world a little clearer! Cost for out of pocket was reasonable. My only regret was not finding this office sooner. Thank you everyone!!
- Feb. 06, 2024
The office staff was great! Friendly and efficient just like Dr. McManus. After the pre testing, he ... gave me a thorough exam, and addressed all my concerns patiently. As a retired RN, I appreciated his knowledge and expertise and kindness.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Dr. McManus is the Best optometrist in Bellevue! Friendly/helpful staff ☺️
- Feb. 01, 2024
Quick, easy, friendly! Always a pleasant experience. Thank you!
- Jan. 23, 2024
Professional, kind, clean and as always the doctor and staff are efficient and wonderful.
- Jan. 19, 2024
The staff and Dr. McManus are friendly, caring, and helpful. I’ve been coming here for close to 20... years and highly recommend them!
- Jan. 19, 2024
Amazing office. I highly recommend.
- Jan. 11, 2024
A complete and thorough eye exam by a true professional A truly wonderful experience with the best o... ptometrist I’ve ever had
- Dec. 22, 2023
The staff was very punctual and friendly, especially Emily!! Dr McManus is always very kind and know... ledgeable! Sure did appreciate them fitting me in this morning!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Excellent service for eye care, they pay attention to previous issues and care about their patients....

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

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