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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 Dunedin

Our optometry practice in Dunedin

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Hours
  • Monday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • 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. 18, 2024
Dr. Tupps and his staff provide exceptional optical care with clear concern for the patient’s over... all welfare.
- Mar. 16, 2024
Great service !
- Mar. 13, 2024
The front desk staff are tremendous, the billing folks are great and the new Dr. Marrotte O.D., is a... n outstanding addition. He really knows his contact lens expertise. If you are looking for "specialty" lenses or contacts, this is the only place I would ask my doctors to send me!!!
- Mar. 10, 2024
Friendly, friendly, great service
- Mar. 05, 2024
Dr Merritt is the best dr ever best pair of glasses I ever had the whole staff was the best you can ... find highly recommended
- Feb. 27, 2024
Excellent very thorough examination. Very friendly, service oriented staff. Nice selection of frames... and sunglasses. Have been a patient for a very long time.
- Feb. 26, 2024
The staff was very friendly, helpful and professional
- Feb. 17, 2024
Everything about this office is fantastic. The staff is amazing and the eye examination is both thor... ough and informative. This was my first eye exam in 8 years and I was at ease the entire time, they told me what they were testing for, the health of my eyes and recommendations for care. This is a great office and I'm grateful I found them.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Dr Tupps is excellent. So thorough. Tasha the Optician has made my glasses fit perfect.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Lot of time explaining results of eye exam - problems found and corrective measures explained.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Very friendly and informative, i got all of my questions answered! The staff were friendly and effic... ient, I didn’t have to wait at all!
- Feb. 08, 2024
Very good skilled optician to help me figure out vision problem with glasses (made elsewhere). Exce... llent vision recheck appointment with the doctor and also the woman who did all the doctor set up. This is what optical health/retail should be.
- Jan. 25, 2024
Great customer service. Friendly staff.
- Jan. 24, 2024
Thank you Dr. Tupp and your entire staff. This is my family in many ways. They take excellent care o... f me and my spouse. I love all of them.
- Jan. 08, 2024
I've been a patient of Dr. Tupps for years. On a most recent visit I saw Dr. Marrotte ("Merit") he ... was kind, knowledgeable, and had a sense of humor. Great addition to the office.
- Dec. 31, 2023
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great with children and not pushy about purchasing glasses.
- Dec. 29, 2023
The staff is very friendly and professional. Dr. Marrotte explained all procedures and gave me the o... pportunity to ask questions. Would definitely recommend this practice to our friends.
- Dec. 26, 2023
I highly recommend Dr. Morreta. Knowledgeable, kind and clear. Willing to answer and explain all my ... questions. It was easy and fast to make the first appointment online. Thank you!
- Dec. 23, 2023
It was my second visit and it's only improved so much in the last couple years. I remember before th... ey did not have a retail section to even buy frames but that addition really is great and the selection of frames were beautiful too. The staff is like an amazing little family and they were all so sweet and caring. And of course saving the best for last I can't say enough how grateful I am to find optometrists that are this thorough. I saw Dr. Marrotte this time and his dedication to getting the right prescription for me without feeling any sense of rush or usual guilt that comes with taking too much time to come to a result during the eye exams was relieving. The last optometrist I saw told me I was likely to develop a sight condition because they could not get an accurate read on my script. Dr. Marrotte found that not only was I wearing a prescription that was too strong but also recommended bifocals as I sit at computer for work. I felt so happy during my visit that he actually cared about what I was having trouble with, which was focusing, and my old prescription was making that hard. I can't thank you and recommend you all enough!
- Dec. 19, 2023
Always easy to get an appointment and glasses are very good quality.

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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 AccuVision Optical 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 AccuVision Optical eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

man adjusting glasses

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 AccuVision Optical today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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