Vision Therapy in Boerne

Does Myopia Run in Families?

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Exploring the Hereditary Nature of Myopia

Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, is a visual condition that results in blurry distance vision while nearby objects remain clear. Concerns about your child's sight often lead to the question: Does myopia run in families? Understanding the genetic aspects of myopia is crucial for proactive management.

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The Genetic Factor

Myopia does indeed have a genetic link. If one or both parents have myopia, the likelihood of their children developing this condition increases. When both parents have myopia, the risk is even greater. Indeed, the genetic factors contributing to myopia can pass from generation to generation.

Environmental Factors

Lifestyle choices and daily habits can significantly impact myopia development and progression. Excessive screen time, a lack of outdoor activities, and prolonged periods of near work, such as reading or studying, can increase the risk of myopia.

Children are especially susceptible to environmental factors as their visual systems are still developing. These external influences can work in tandem with genetics, shaping how myopia progresses over time.


Myopia Management in Boerne

Our optometry practice in Boerne

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 12:30 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 Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

Early Intervention is Key to Myopia Control

Knowing your family's myopia history can help you seek early intervention. Effective strategies can manage and control its progression, even with a genetic predisposition.

  • Lifestyle Adjustments

    Simple lifestyle changes, like reducing screen time and increasing outdoor activities, can reduce myopia progression and protect your child's visual health.

  • Dietary Choices

    Nutritional adjustments, such as a diet rich in eye-healthy nutrients, can support your child's vision and contribute to myopia management.

  • Regular Eye Exams

    Scheduling routine eye exams allows for early detection and timely intervention, which is crucial in managing myopia.

  • Educational Support

    Providing information and support about myopia to family and friends can raise awareness, foster understanding, and create a network of care.


Patient Reviews
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- Aug. 19, 2023
My family has been seeing Dr Arrieta for more than 16 years. He and the Staff are incredible! Always... plenty of time to answer questions and explain how things work. He prides himself on always having the latest technology and pairs that with an incredible amount of knowledge! I recommend him without hesitation and with great admiration!
- Sep. 21, 2022
We have been coming here for almost 20 years. They are fantastic and have a wonderful selection of g... lasses and sunglasses. Family atmosphere.
- Apr. 01, 2022
We have been visiting this location for years and have been happy with the Dr's and staff.
- Oct. 29, 2021
Friendly staff and was seen at my scheduled time. Dr was able to answer all questions and provide v... aluable information. Never felt rushed..excellent care
- Aug. 30, 2021
I have been going to Vision Source for 4-5 years if not more. They are always very nice and helpful.... The doctors are full of information and take time to answer questions and have conversations with you.
- Aug. 27, 2021
Great service from a wonderful staff!
- Aug. 27, 2021
Everyone here is really friendly and informative. I’ve only been going to this vision source for a... bout a year, but every time I’m there I have a great experience!
- Aug. 19, 2021
Love the eye care I receive from Dr Arrieta and his staff is always professional and friendly.
- Aug. 03, 2021
Friendly people that work there, would definitely recommend
- Aug. 03, 2021
Outstanding service and thorough eye exam
- Jul. 31, 2021
Dr. Nguyen was very personable and made sure to understand how I work to ensure that she gave the ri... ght prescription. Highly recommend.
- Jul. 29, 2021
Very happy with the service overall. Friendly staff, great doctor who listens and is also informativ... e. Also found they had a good selection of frames at reasonable prices.
- Jul. 21, 2021
Very thorough, professional exam and extremely helpful with eyeglasses..not only with selection and ... fitting but also regarding warranty repairs and scratch replacement.
- Jul. 21, 2021
Don’t hesitate to come here for your vision needs. Every visit has been wonderful and I have alway... s felt like I’m the only patient they have to deal with all day. I never feel rushed and the doctors take the time to answer all questions.
- Jul. 19, 2021
Very polite, answered all my questions. My first time there and if I need further care I will ret... urn
- Jul. 07, 2021
Amazing office everyone was very nice. I didn’t wait at all the providers have been very knowledge... able and super friendly. They explain everything so you understand and don’t get confused during your visit.
- Jun. 16, 2021
Vision Source in Boerne is the best! Employees are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Dr. Ngu... yen is amazing! She is very thorough and takes her time with each examination and follows up, when needed. She really cares about her patients as individuals. I would definitely recommend Vision Source!
- Jun. 05, 2021
Today was my first visit at Boerne Vision Source and I am so pleased! I’ve been a contact lens wea... rer for many years. Our insurance recently changed so I had to switch providers. I was not looking forward to a new doctor but I am THRILLED with my visit. I received a much more thorough exam than I had in years. I highly recommend Boerne Vision Source!
- Jun. 04, 2021
Vision Source has always been a great office to work with. The office is always super clean and the ... support staff is always cordial and welcoming. Dr. Arrieta has taken great care of me and my needs every time I come in. I always like to support local businesses that do a great job and you’ll be glad you chose these guys.
- May. 27, 2021
Very well run office and we have gone to Dr. Nguyen for years. She is excellent and worth the lengt... hy drive we now take to keep her as our eye doc.

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Professional Myopia Solutions for Your Family

Understanding the hereditary aspect of myopia is the first step in addressing your concerns. Discover how our experts can help manage the risks of myopia within your family. Visit Hill Country Vision Center - Boerne today to explore your options and ensure a clear, bright future for your child.

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