Vision Therapy in Jefferson City

Is Your Child A Candidate for Myopia Management?

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Why Myopia Control Matters

Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, is a vision condition that plagues millions of children worldwide. When a child is nearsighted, distant objects appear blurry, while those up close remain crystal clear. It's a condition that impacts their vision and can affect various aspects of their daily lives.

The good news is that myopia can be managed. Myopia management is a proactive approach aimed at slowing down or even halting the progression of myopia in children. By intervening and seeking expert solutions, you can help ensure your child's visual health remains strong as they develop.

Exploring myopia management options is not just a choice; it's a commitment to safeguarding your child's visual health and well-being.

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Understanding Myopia and How it Affects Children

Myopia often begins during childhood and, if left unmanaged, can progress and lead to more severe nearsightedness. This progression increases the risk of developing sight-threatening eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, or retinal detachment later in life.

Common Symptoms of Childhood Myopia

Children experiencing myopia may exhibit symptoms such as:

  • squinting
  • headaches
  • eye strain
  • difficulty seeing the whiteboard at school
  • needing to sit close to the TV

If you've noticed these signs in your child, it's essential to schedule an eye exam to assess their eye health and determine their level of myopia.


Myopia Management in Jefferson City

Our optometry practice in Jefferson City

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Hours
  • Monday 7:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • Medicaid
  • MetLife

Why Early Intervention is Necessary

Effective myopia management requires early intervention. Catching myopia early and slowing the condition’s progression can significantly reduce the risk of developing high myopia, which is associated with developing severe eye conditions later on.

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Exploring Myopia Management: Causes and Risk Factors

Understanding myopia's causes and risk factors in children is essential for effective management. Several key factors contribute to the development of myopia, impacting children's vision and overall eye health:

  • Myopia Runs in the Family

    A family history of myopia increases the likelihood of your child developing this condition, emphasizing the importance of proactive management.

  • The Impact of Too Much Screen Time

    Excessive hours spent reading or using digital screens significantly increase the likelihood of myopia development in children, highlighting the need to balance screen time with outdoor activities.

  • Inadequate Outdoor Exposure

    Children who don't spend enough time outdoors are at a greater risk of developing myopia. Outdoor activities and natural light play an essential role in maintaining good vision.

  • Childhood Onset and Rapid Progression

    Myopia often emerges during childhood and may progress more rapidly during growth spurts. Early intervention during these crucial years is essential for slowing its progression and preserving clear vision.


Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 03, 2024
They have wonderful and patient doctors! My husband and I have both been there and I just saw Dr. He... dgpath at the new location. She took her time with me and listened to how complicated my situation was and even sent out referrals for me. 10/10 recommend!
- Feb. 23, 2024
Overall great experience, all staff was super helpful and great attitude. I would recommend!
- Feb. 22, 2024
I'm very happy with services received from Dr. Hedgpath and confident in her experience. Been going ... to her for years. The staff are also good at helping choose new glasses and making sure they are correctly fitted.
- Feb. 21, 2024
Love Dr. Zahn! He takes his time and explains everything to you. Willing to answer any questions o... r concerns you may have with your eyes. Gives you different options. Staff very nice and helpful. I did wait 45 min in the exam room waiting to see the Dr., but I didn't mind because I like the Dr. and staff that much. So don't be in a hurry.
- Feb. 20, 2024
The entire staff was very nice and knowledgeable in their field.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Dr. Zahn is great! Eye glasses are new to me and I noticed that he takes the time during the exam to... ensure that the prescription prescribed is the right one. I appreciated him breaking down everything for me so I understood.
- Feb. 03, 2024
Dr.Zahn is amazing. He is very knowledgeable and takes his time with patients. Staff is friendly a... nd willing to help you.
- Feb. 02, 2024
A very good experience. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Dr. Zahn and the staff are friendly and professional. The opticians are not pushy and very helpful.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Jamie was very kind and helpful!
- Jan. 28, 2024
Dr. Zahn and his staff are amazing!! I would highly recommend them for any optometry needs! Dr. Zahn... is an incredible doctor. He has one of the most calming and friendly demeanors I’ve ever come across, and he truly cares about his patients. I recently went for ocular migraines and shared my fear that this may be something more. He immediately jumped into action, shared some stories about ocular migraines and how they are diagnosed, tested multiple things, then thoroughly explained why he wasn’t worried. He even went a step further and offered to send me to a specialist even if it was only to give me peace of mind. He always takes the time to answer any questions I have, crack a few jokes, and ensure I leave not worrying about anything! The staff is also incredible! Everyone I’ve encountered has been very friendly and happy to answer any and all questions I have. They also understand budgets and will happily run scenarios through insurance to come up with estimates before you have to decide anything, without making you feel like it’s a hassle. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Zahn and his staff!
- Jan. 01, 2024
Great service, great glasses fast!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Eyes on Missouri has done a wonderful job with my whole family. They make my children comfortable an... d explain things in a way that they understand. They are flexible and helpful from the office staff to the eye doctors. Most recently I brought my kiddo to her appointment to get contacts (she was SO EXCITED) and I got the date off by a month. They were so kind to squeeze her in, eventhough it was my scheduling mistake. They talked her through the process and helped her every step of the way. I would 100% recommend them!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Dr. Zahn was professional, courteous, and knowledgeable, took his time with my appointment, answered... all of my questions, and was very laid back. I won't be going to anyone else.
- Dec. 20, 2023
Dr Zahn is such a great easy going quick but accurate and makes it look so effortless. The staff li... ke ms Jamie is so nice and very helpful and makes you feel a little bit of like a ray of sunshine before you exit their building. Totally recommend this place over any other place in the area.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Always great service!
- Nov. 30, 2023
The eye doctors are excellent at doing their job and listening to the patience. The staff is friendl... y professional and always smiling
- Nov. 19, 2023
Always a great experience!
- Nov. 08, 2023
Dr. Zahn was fantastic! Very thorough and easy to talk to about any issues I was having with my eyes... . The staff was inviting as well! I will definitely continue to go to Eyes on Missouri and recommend to any of my friends/ family!
- Nov. 03, 2023
Always a great experience with Dr. Shan! He is professional, courteous, and wicked smart. Always fun... to get my eyes checked bc the conversation always makes me smarter!! Would def recommend for your eyesight needs.

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Myopia Management for Children of All Ages

If you've noticed signs of myopia in your child or are concerned about their eye health, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment at Eyes On Missouri - Jefferson City. Our team is committed to helping your child enjoy a future with clear, unaided vision.

We believe in providing myopia management for children of all ages. No matter your child's age, we can tailor a myopia management plan to their needs. Early intervention is the key to success.

Contact Eyes On Missouri - Jefferson City  today to determine if your child qualifies for myopia management.Take the first step towards better health.

(573) 635-1313