Vision Therapy in Jefferson City

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 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

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. 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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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.


mom reading book to child

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 Eyes On Missouri - Jefferson City 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 Eyes On Missouri - Jefferson City 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 Eyes On Missouri - Jefferson City today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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