Vision Therapy in Mont Belvieu

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 Mont Belvieu

Our optometry practice in Mont Belvieu

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday By Appointment
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • EyeMed
  • Medicare
  • MetLife
  • Spectera
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP

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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- Dec. 05, 2023
It was my first time there and I was impressed. Everyone was very nice and my appointment started o... n time. Loved the young eye doctor that I saw.
- Nov. 16, 2023
Dr. Mathews is the only doctor I have seen there and he is awesome! He is very nice and is easy to w... ork with. He puts a personal touch on each visit and is easy to understand. He is the only doctor I will use!
- Oct. 31, 2023
Very friendly and professional staff.. it was a pleasure
- Oct. 28, 2023
Friendly staff and excellent care. I couldn't ask for more from an eye care center!
- Oct. 27, 2023
Great place for an eye exam! Staff was friendly and helpful and Dr. Mathews was terrific.
- Oct. 25, 2023
Always friendly and eager to help. Great service and knowledgeable staff.
- Oct. 19, 2023
Great staff and doctor were easy to talk to.
- Oct. 18, 2023
Great customer service. Always greeted with a smile when you enter. Dr. Matthews is very professiona... l and always kind, informative and an excellent doctor.
- Sep. 29, 2023
The staff here is amazing. They’re super helpful and informative.
- Sep. 26, 2023
Wonderful service. Very impressed.
- Sep. 20, 2023
Tha staff was wonderful. There was just a few minutes wait time. Dr. Mathews took time with me to ... explain the condition of my eyes and what treatment was needed. I would highly recommend any one needing eye care go to this facility!
- Sep. 19, 2023
Amazing support from Yolanda and the TSO team. Five Stars customer service. I live in Miami and have... never had such a great experience as the one my daughter got from the TSO team in Springs, Texas. Thank you all, AMAZING!!!
- Sep. 11, 2023
Everyone was very courteous as usual. And everyone was very helpful with all my needs and questions.... Plan to come back for many many more years.
- Sep. 08, 2023
Prompt appointment. Dr. Matthews is great. Staff is friendly!
- Sep. 07, 2023
Very friendly and they were helpful. I'm definitely going back for my eye exam.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Awesome, professional and friendly service.
- Aug. 17, 2023
Didn’t take long to get an appointment. VERY friendly KNOWLEDGEABLE staff. I had insurance issues ... and they helped me sort it out. I’m hoping once I get my glasses , they fit well and I can see properly, it will be the perfect visit.
- Aug. 11, 2023
Incredibly nice, and helpful staff! Made my daughter’s first eye exam so easy.
- Aug. 07, 2023
The staff was very professional and office was clean and Dr. Matthew's was very knowledgeable and ve... ry nice and explained everything that was done to me and what he seen on my picture.
- Aug. 04, 2023
I had my annual eye exam today with Dr. Mathews. We received stellar treatment from the moment we wa... lked in, until we left. Dr. Mathews is very knowledgeable and has a WONDERFUL bedside manner!

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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 Memorial Eye Center - Mont Belvieu 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 Memorial Eye Center - Mont Belvieu 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 Memorial Eye Center - Mont Belvieu today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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