Vision Therapy in Boerne

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 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

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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- 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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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 Hill Country Vision Center - Boerne 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 Hill Country Vision Center - Boerne 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 Hill Country Vision Center - Boerne today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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