Vision Therapy in Ballwin

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 Ballwin

Our optometry practice in Ballwin

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • 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.


Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 22, 2024
Rebecca was kind and thoughtful. Dr. Kara was efficient and knowledgeable. I had a great experience....
- Mar. 09, 2024
The store was very nice and clean and organized. The staff was friendly and helpful. I was there a t... otal of 30 min which was fantastic because I had a very busy day. They were upfront and knowledgeable about my exam and treatment plan. I loved their glasses selection, it was very easy to pick a new frame. Glasses came in a lot sooner than expected and the quantity seems pretty good so far. I have already recommended them to my family and they now have a lifetime customer.
- Feb. 06, 2024
A beautiful blend of professionalism and warmth. During the comprehensive examination and fitting, ... I was treated like family. I waited to write this until I had some time to take my glasses for a test ride. Like my experience at the center, it's "all good".
- Jan. 31, 2024
Wonderful staff! Customer service skills were amazing!!
- Dec. 02, 2023
I had an appointment 9/14/2023 with Crown Vision in Ballwin. I went in for an exam and glasses. The ... doctor was on maturity leave so I had a different doctor. I believe her name was Dr. Yifu? She was sensational. Very thorough. Took the time to explain everything. The support staff was equally impressive. Cecily Cintron and Melissa Stellhorn were very attentive to my needs. 3 months later I'm very pleased with the glasses (the frames for exactly what i wanted) and the service. Would highly recommend Crown Vision in Ballwin.
- Nov. 11, 2023
Amazing staff. Great Dr who explained everything in words I understood. They are just good people w... ho actually care about their clients!
- Oct. 28, 2023
Excellent care for my husband. Thanks
- Jul. 06, 2023
I was pleasantly surprised at the friendliness, and promptness of the whole experience, but also ver... y professional.
- Feb. 20, 2023
Friendly, efficient, and great prices.
- Feb. 07, 2023
The entire staff is super friendly and helpful. Dr. Rackovan took the time to explain, and go into d... etail, about any possible concerns she might have come across.
- Jan. 09, 2023
Great experience from the exam to the glasses received.
- Dec. 09, 2022
Excellent - Nick and team thank you; Nick took the time, super high quality service, very pleased. ... Thank you Nick and team !
- Nov. 01, 2022
Everyone was nice and friendly, I had a great experience!
- Oct. 06, 2022
Friendly staff that provides fast and efficient service.
- Oct. 01, 2022
The staff is always friendly and helpful. They listen to my concerns and find ways to address them.... I feel appreciated as a customer.
- Sep. 20, 2022
Nick is great!
- Mar. 12, 2022
The whole staff is knowledgeable about what is covered and what's not. They are very friendly. And t... oe the most important part was that it was all covered. They worked it out to be covered by insurance 100%
- Mar. 05, 2022
With alot of different eye vision places I have been too, I have to say the associates are very frie... ndly and put their client's first. The one associate really helped me pick out the perfect type of glasses that fit me best and quality wise. When I picked up my glasses she knew me by name and welcomed me.
- Feb. 03, 2022
The visits for my new glasses went off without a hitch! Great service!
- Jan. 30, 2022
Received excellent service. Great styles & variety on frames.

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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 - Ballwin 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 - Ballwin 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 - Ballwin today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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