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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.

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.


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 ABBA Eye Care - Academy 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 ABBA Eye Care - Academy eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

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- Jun. 20, 2024
I always have a great time. They're professional. They're nice. They're wonderful. They're helpful.
- May. 18, 2024
Dr. Ray, Rian, and Allison are awesome!. The eye exam was cool.. No longer "puffs" of air in the eye... ..there's a newer technology . Friendly, smart staff , great experience. Educational too. I highly recommend this ABBA location.
- May. 17, 2024
So Far Dr Ray Is Awesome..Kuddos..To Him..And His Staff..Grant K. Colo Springs
- May. 13, 2024
AJ was a complete professional in handeling of my paperwork and getting new glasses.
- Apr. 22, 2024
Kind, caring and professional! I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
- Apr. 14, 2024
I also love my glasses. The only thing I didn't like was the glasses case. They don't make them like... they used to, I guess.
- Apr. 06, 2024
The staff are wonderful and doctor Ray was really positive and felt comfortable with him.
- Apr. 04, 2024
I've been dealing with the ABBA folks for several years and have never had anything to complain abou... t. They are all both professional and approachable. I recommend them all the time to people who admire my glasses (always a great selection)!
- Mar. 04, 2024
It has the most amazing staf. They are the most, welcoming, caring, goofy, laid back, thorough, eye ... care team I have ever witnessed.The doctor was very nice and made sure he checked everything with my neuropathy and headaches before sending me out to pick my glasses which I absolutely love. I love ABBA EYECARE!
- Mar. 03, 2024
Welcoming environment. Friendly doctors & staff. Timely service/minimal wait time.
- Feb. 20, 2024
Had a great experience, the doctors and staff were super knowledgeable and friendly and answered all... my questions! 10/10
- Feb. 18, 2024
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- Feb. 15, 2024
Easy and done!
- Jan. 30, 2024
Great staff very helpful and the doctor was very sympathetic and understood my concerns
- Dec. 13, 2023
I've never given a review for an eye doctor but this place really deserves it! Not only is this my f... avorite Abba location, but it's,hands-down, the best place to get my eyes checked.
- Oct. 14, 2023
Emily was just amazing , The sweetest woman I have ever came across
- Oct. 02, 2023
Okay so I want to start this off with complementing the staff and doctors. Absolutely amazing people... and outstanding care. I’m so glad to find an eye doctor who accepts Medicaid! I have great vision, but recently I had something in my eye that scratched my cornea. It was the worst feeling in the world! They let me come in same day for an appointment before work, and worked super fast but with great care. Before them, I went to the ER. And they brushed me off like it wasn’t a big deal. The doctor at ABBA actually looked in my eye with a microscope to make sure the obstruction was out- it was thankfully. But I had scratches and irritation that is in the process of healing. Everyone was so kind and patient. I couldn’t ask for better. Thank you!
- Sep. 29, 2023
Dr. Brilley has been our (my son and I) optimologist for years now. I love his bed side manners. He... is so thorough and explains eyecare in layman terms. Thank you Dr. Brilley!
- Sep. 08, 2023
Very good customer service.
- Aug. 03, 2023
Love this place! Fast and the employees are very nice!

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Myopia Management in Northeast Colorado Springs

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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 ABBA Eye Care - Academy today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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