Vision Therapy in Wexford

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 Wexford

Our optometry practice in Wexford

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Davis Vision
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • EyeMed
  • VBA
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Aetna
  • UPMC Health Plan

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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- Jan. 30, 2024
My husband and I have been coming here for a few years and we love it. Everyone is so professional a... nd kind. We even get to have our appointment together which is fun & saves us some time.
- Jan. 26, 2024
I love how well they work with my kids!
- Jan. 19, 2024
My granddaughter has received great service and therapy to eye needs in a professional and friendly ... environment.
- Jan. 11, 2024
We have had the most positive experience with Joe, and I am so impressed with my son’s progress!
- Dec. 29, 2023
So professional. Every communication & interaction is friendly & clear. Everyone from the check-in c... rew to the evaluator, doctor & check out crew is capable and well-informed. They know all about my insurance coverage and double check I’m using my benefits to the max. I’ve been a patient for about 3 years & my husband for about 15 years.
- Dec. 13, 2023
Dr Robert Prazer and his vision therapy staff are professional and skilled. They saved my vision.
- Dec. 10, 2023
Dr. R. Prazer is a must see professional.
- Nov. 22, 2023
Everyone is always very friendly and kind. Dr. McChesney is great, very knowledgable, patient, frien... dly and imformative. From the moment you call to schedule the appointment, to the check-in, the exam, and the help with getting glasses, everything is a breeze. Drive an hour just to come to this office, and it is worth it!
- Nov. 11, 2023
Bailey in the eyeglass area is amazing. What a great employee and very sweet, positive and uplifting... for the customers. It was such a great experience!!! 💗
- Nov. 09, 2023
They were able to find the issue that my daughter was having quickly when none of her teachers could... identify why she was having issues reading. Through a series of tests, they identified that her eyes were having issues working together which is why she was a slow reader and couldn't copy this down from the board easily. So glad we found out about this place.
- Nov. 05, 2023
Excellent treatment and service. Able to schedule appointment quickly without a great delay. Very ni... ce offices and attentive staff. Made selection of glasses and contacts very easy by having lots of choices.
- Oct. 28, 2023
Been very impressed with this team from all angles!! Exams, contacts, and glasses!
- Oct. 16, 2023
This place has a insane amount of knowledge behind its staff. Could not recommend it enough! I went... in due to a concussion and I feel better treated than I had most other places throughout my recovery.
- Sep. 15, 2023
Very professional office with state of the art equipment.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Brought Momma here today for double vision following past TIA. Staff was all very pleasant and effic... ient! Dr Prazer was everything you could hope for in a Doctor. He was knowledgeable, professional, kind, respectful and patient. He took care with my momma as tho she were family. He really cares! He offered several options to help her, with recommendations of what he thinks would work best, and go from there. We are beyond pleased with this visit and would highly recommend him. Phenomenal experience.
- Aug. 20, 2023
Dr Prazer is outstanding and he completely explains things very well. He is patient with his patient... s. The whole staff was excellent.
- Aug. 15, 2023
Dr. Skoner is a great listener, asks very good questions and demonstrates he cares about his patient... s.
- Aug. 12, 2023
I started coming to this practice back in 2017 and will never stop coming. The most thorough eye ex... am you will ever receive. The staff is very knowledgeable, competent and compassionate. This is a specialized eye practice that does so much more than a basic eye exam.
- Jul. 28, 2023
When I visit Pediatric and Adult Vision Care I know that I am in the very best care. Dr McChesney a... nd his entire team always bring excellence to my patient experience.
- Jul. 12, 2023
The Dr and staff are awesome!! Great explanation of exam and super customer service from optician! T... hey are thorough, knowledgeable and very helpful with glasses selection!! I’m so impressed with this Eyecare practice, I even made an appt for my husband asap!!

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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 EyeCare Specialties Pediatric & Adult 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 EyeCare Specialties Pediatric & Adult eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

man adjusting glasses

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 EyeCare Specialties Pediatric & Adult today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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