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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.

Myopia Management in Tucson

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  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Anthem
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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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- Feb. 26, 2024
I've been a patient of Dr. Baim for over 24 years. He's excellent and so has his staff, including th... is latest appt this Nov and Jan. Great Place!
- Feb. 13, 2024
Prompt, friendly and knowledgeable
- Feb. 05, 2024
Been going here for over 15 years and all I can say is professional, friendly, and educational. I m... ove to Oro Valley and still drive to the west side to see Dr Bain
- Dec. 09, 2023
It's so easy to make an appointment online. The entire staff is welcoming and friendly. The Dr's do ... a great job of explaining everything. The office is clean and visually appealing. It's a wonderful office.
- Nov. 30, 2023
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- Nov. 18, 2023
Excellent, polite and professional.
- Sep. 19, 2023
Dr. Baim is respectful, patient, provides thorough eye exams, and care about his patients.
- Sep. 17, 2023
The newest optometrist is awesome! I tried another optometrist on Ina that couldn't provide the prop... er prescription for my computer glasses. I need these glasses for my job, so it's important to get this corrected. This place used the new frames and sent the prescription to the lab. After a week of successful wear and being able to see my computer screens clearly, I will always come here for my eye care needs.
- Aug. 27, 2023
All around great service
- May. 31, 2023
Staff was amazing and kind! The appointment went quickly but was thorough!
- May. 19, 2023
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- May. 13, 2023
If you need a Dr. who truly cares about the health of your eyes, make an appointment at Silverbell E... yeCare with Dr. Baim. He is Amazing!!
- Apr. 15, 2023
I have been going there for over 20 years.
- Apr. 13, 2023
Great service, great environment is always clean and smells good. They always in time given you the... service
- Feb. 07, 2023
Great care for my daughter and myself!
- Feb. 01, 2023
Dr, Baim is very competent and has been extremely helpful to me over many years
- Jan. 14, 2023
Efficient knowledgeable staff, clean and spacious facility
- Dec. 14, 2022
Dr. Richard Baim has been my optometrist for many years, he is thorough and answers all my questions... . he is very knowledgably and has years of experience. The staff is friendly and helpful. Silverbell Eyecare meets my needs and I feel confident going there.
- Nov. 12, 2022
We went to Silverbell eye care 8 years ago before we moved to Florida we loved them then now were ba... ck and we still love them they are fantastic.
- Oct. 19, 2022
The office staff are all pleasant and helpful. The Halloween decorations this year are really good,... plus there is a pumpkin contest. My exam with Dr Baim was thorough and informative, and I'm very happy to have Silverbell Eyecare for my vision needs.

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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 Silverbell EyeCare EyeCare 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 Silverbell EyeCare EyeCare 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 Silverbell EyeCare EyeCare today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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