Vision Therapy in Crossroads

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 Crossroads

Our optometry practice in Crossroads

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Hours
  • Monday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Aetna
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross

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. 24, 2024
Just wanted to give a shoutout to Dr. Sam Hsu - seriously impressive! I dropped by last month and ha... d an awesome experience. Dr. Hsu is a total pro, explained everything clearly and had a great knack for making me feel comfortable. What blew me away was how he knew the ins and outs of insurance. Saved me some cash by working out what my plan covered. Total lifesaver. Plus, the ladies at the front desk are always friendly and helpful, putting patient's needs at the first place. The clinic has a cool, laid-back vibe that instantly puts me at ease. Highly recommend
- Feb. 28, 2024
We have been visiting Dr.Hsu for more than a decade. what a wonderful doctor. I recommend to anyone ... for annual eye check ups
- Feb. 27, 2024
I had my first visit to Vision Care yesterday and my appointment was with Dr. Yu. She was amazing, s... o helpful and kind, as were the staff. I am happy to finally find a new eye doctor I trust. Thank you Vision Care & Dr. Yu!
- Feb. 10, 2024
Always great experiences here at this eye doctor's office. Both of the Doctors at this location are ... amazing. The front desk staff are friendly and efficient. I recommend 100%!
- Jan. 30, 2024
We've been going to Dr. Hsu for 20 years; he's great! We also really appreciate the staff wearing ma... sks for our visit.
- Jan. 29, 2024
Awesome staff, Awesome doctor & great selections
- Jan. 26, 2024
Dr. Minha Lee is skilled and professional and listens to her patients. The staff are great to work w... ith, too.
- Dec. 30, 2023
Our family has seen Dr. Sam Hsu for over ten years…always love our annual chats. Staff is efficien... t, consistent, and super helpful
- Nov. 07, 2023
overall great experiences! Doctors are professional, efficient, and nice to work with. Friendly admi... n staff as well!
- Nov. 02, 2023
Good place and very nice people including doctors.
- Oct. 07, 2023
Excellent practice! Dr. Lee took time to explain the results of the exam. Will be returning with t... he whole family!
- Sep. 19, 2023
VISION CARE CROSSROAD has Excellent staff. If you are needing vision care go see Dr. HSU OR DR. LEE.... The staff is great and wonderful selection of glasses available. Easy parking and location easy to find. Fun shops nearby. Trustworthy vision care!
- Aug. 25, 2023
Dr. Hsu is great! and the staff are helpful and friendly. I have been visiting Dr. Hsu for my annual... eye exam from last 5 years.
- Aug. 15, 2023
The staff was exceptionally friendly, and Dr. Minha Lee was outstanding. I didn't feel hurried at al... l. Dr. Lee took the time to answer all my questions and provided detailed explanations
- Aug. 03, 2023
Dr Sam Hsu is thorough and friendly and addresses all your concerns. I really recommend his practice...
- Jul. 29, 2023
Dr. Li puts her patients first.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Dr. Minha Lee is an amazing optometrist-- very knowledgeable and proficient and caring. So glad tha... t she's my optometrist!
- May. 21, 2023
Our family has been going to Vision Care for almost a decade. All the staff are friendly, caring and... professional. Dr. Sam, and Dr. Lee go above and beyond. Dr. Sam gets to know the families and he understands our needs (sports, jobs, and even sleep patterns) to recommend our eye cares. What I really love about them is that they genuinely care, I had an eye infection and had an appointment scheduled. My child's eye check appointment was a few days earlier than my appointment. While I was there for my child's appointment, Dr. Sam saw me and told me that he would take care of me right then too instead of waiting for my appointment. His patients' well-being are important to him.
- Nov. 26, 2022
Nailed my prescription!
- Jul. 27, 2022
Dr. Minha is one of the most passionate doctors. Very streamlined eye exam process and it is great.

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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 Vision Care Crossroads 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 Vision Care Crossroads 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 Vision Care Crossroads today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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