Vision Therapy in Eagan

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 Eagan

Our optometry practice in Eagan

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • EyeMed
  • United Health Care Community Plan

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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- May. 23, 2024
Just a great visit. Been elsewhere like Sam’s club and they’re not setup to provide service like... Eagan eye clinic
- Apr. 15, 2024
I was well cared for by an excellent staff and a very knowledgeable Dr King. I highly recommend this... clinic for anyone needing an eye care.
- Apr. 09, 2024
Awesome service, they treat you like your their number one client as soon as you walk in the door.
- Mar. 26, 2024
I needed an extra pair of specs for reading music and computer distance vision. Eagan Eye Clinic was... dedicated to ensuring I was not disappointed with my new glasses. They are exactly what I was after! Thank you for the attention to detail!
- Mar. 05, 2024
Friendly staff and good service. Very happy with my new glasses.
- Feb. 28, 2024
I was very satisfied with your service.
- Feb. 25, 2024
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- Feb. 25, 2024
Excellent profesional service Never disappointed you
- Feb. 19, 2024
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- Feb. 12, 2024
I have used several optical services across the Twin Cities and have been disappointed by the qualit... y of the services of the opticians. Most of them seem quite inexperienced and have run-of-the-mill capabilities. However, the opticians at Eagan Eye Clinic are the exception. Clearly, they have both experience and expertise in advising me accurately and in making sure that the glasses work effectively for me. I will return to them for any future services. And excellent customer service as well. Good job!
- Feb. 08, 2024
I was very satisfied with the service that I received. The staff is very professional and friendly....
- Dec. 29, 2023
Excellent experience. Very efficient, great facility. I have been a patient there for many years and... have no complaints. Dr. Stout is fantastic.
- Dec. 29, 2023
I’ve been coming here for about 3 years now and have always had wonderful service. From the desk s... taff to the doctors, they are all friendly and professional. I’ve seen three different doctors and they’ve all been great. I’ll definitely keep coming here!
- Dec. 20, 2023
Very capable staff. Efficient visit. They don't push product that you don't need - honest assessme... nts.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Great staff
- Dec. 05, 2023
Welcoming, kid-friendly and knowledgeable!
- Nov. 23, 2023
Very friendly crew and they price match!
- Nov. 23, 2023
Great clinic. Professional and terrific care of my eyes
- Oct. 26, 2023
Excellent service and very informative
- Oct. 08, 2023
Totally good experience here. Staff all seemed qualified, cordial and welcoming while still profess... ional. Modern office has the latest equipment to give quick and detailed information.

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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 Eagan Eye Clinic 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 Eagan Eye Clinic 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 Eagan Eye Clinic today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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