Vision Therapy in Oakville

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 Oakville

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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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. 19, 2024
Very courteous and knowledgeable
- Mar. 28, 2024
Don is the best!!!!
- Mar. 23, 2024
Dr. Altenbernd was very professional and I felt that she addressed my needs more than adequately. N... ikki was extremely helpful teaching me how to put in and take out soft contact lenses, being very patient with me. She also was instrumental in me getting the lenses that were most comfortable to me. Never making me feel like I was a hassle for her. I would recommend this Crown Vision Center in Oakville MO
- Mar. 09, 2024
From the doctor to the salesman the experience was smooth and easy. I highly recommend this location... and company!
- Feb. 21, 2024
The are great and always take care of there customers
- Feb. 20, 2024
The staff are wonderful! They all are very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful people.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Always go here. Always happy
- Jan. 25, 2024
My experience with Crown Vision was amazing. Nikki was super helpful in suggesting frames that were ... a good fit and shape based on my preferences and was extremely thorough in talking me through the lens options. I will recommend Crown to everyone I know.
- Jan. 24, 2024
Don, the manager at this location, goes above and beyond in every situation. I can't say enough pos... itive things about him and his staff. You're in good hands with Don and his employees!
- Jan. 02, 2024
Absolutely hands down the best staff. Holly was wonderful. And Don was very patient w my daughter �... ��
- Oct. 16, 2023
Excellent job and care
- Sep. 23, 2023
Excellent, caring management and support staff. I'd recommend this location for all vision service n... eeds.
- Sep. 03, 2023
The staff are amazing!! I truly appreciate their customer service. They made me feel better after br... eaking both pairs of glasses.. no questions asked just straight service and help!
- Aug. 06, 2023
The people at the Oakville Crown Vision are amazing! They make sure that you are a very satisfied cu... stomer, they are very knowledgeable of their job and always greet you with a smile
- Jun. 02, 2023
Great office and staff. Really have enjoyed every interaction I’ve had at this location.
- May. 22, 2023
The lady that helped me with my glasses was very knowledgeable and the sweetest lady ever
- Apr. 29, 2023
friendly, professional and compassionate staff. Dr Altenbernd is great!
- Apr. 23, 2023
Nikki, Emily, and Don were awesome on the frontline of the service! Dr. Wira gets my recommendation ... 100 percent!
- Mar. 30, 2023
Christina is great. Very caring and professional
- Mar. 14, 2023
Very friendly and welcoming. Staff and Dr! Will gladly return!

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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 Crown Vision Center - Oakville 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 Crown Vision Center - Oakville 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 Crown Vision Center - Oakville today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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