Vision Therapy in Lacey

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 Lacey

Our optometry practice in Lacey

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • EyeMed
  • Medicare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tricare
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MetLife
  • Regence
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • First Choice Health
  • Providence Health Plan
  • Washington Apple Health Medicaid
  • Coordinated Care Ambetter
  • Shasta Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare

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.


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- Nov. 01, 2023
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, exam is thorough yet quick! The only negative I would have ... is frame selection is smaller. I like my simple black frames and there was only a couple to choose from, everything else was colors or metals. But still a great place!
- Oct. 31, 2023
Been coming here for years for myself and my children. I have even referred my brother to this locat... ion! As a mother of three and a wife to someone that is in the military it can be EXTREMELY difficult to schedule appointments for myself. The last time I came my husband was gone for training and I had to bring my kids with me. They were so nice and understanding. I have a non verbal child and during the exam she was being a little fussy towards the end. I apologized to Dr. Piranio who reassured me that it's okay he has littles himself. Greatly appreciate him!
- Jul. 06, 2023
Haven't had my eyes checked in years. Chose this place based off of other positive Google reviews, a... nd they did not disappoint! Everyone there was SO incredibly friendly and nice! I wish every Healthcare visit I had was like this experience!!
- May. 23, 2023
You will be very well taken care of! Michelle cares about every single one of her patients and makes... you feel like you are the only patient of the day.
- May. 17, 2023
I had a good experience since I walked through the door. Dr. Durham is a very positive person. I wou... ld recommend it to anyone.
- May. 08, 2023
Every person there was fabulous and very helpful. Best eye appointment ive ever had.
- May. 02, 2023
Wonderful fun people, who gave clear directions and were easy to understand.
- Apr. 20, 2023
Great. People
- Apr. 04, 2023
Friendly and nice crew to visit everytime. Would definitely recommend.
- Mar. 28, 2023
Friendly and personable. Love how they care about you and your health
- Mar. 24, 2023
I am so fortunate to have found HPVC for my vision care and recommend HPVC 100%. I've been coming t... o this clinic since before they moved to this location. I feel cared for by all of the friendly, supportive, and professional staff. The front desk staff are very efficient, welcoming, and cheerful. Dr Durham's assistant, Barb, is calm, patient and All of the Above! Her experience makes me feel confident and relaxed. I can't say enough about my excellent vision care from Dr Durham. I feel trust and genuine care and concern during my appts with her.
- Mar. 23, 2023
The staff is away kind and friendly!
- Mar. 23, 2023
The new receptionist is amazing, super friendly bubbly personality and funny. Also my doc is the bes... t I've been coming here for 15 years, and I don't plan on switching!
- Mar. 11, 2023
Very compleat exam. Did not have to wait past my appointment time. Friendly Doctor and staff.
- Feb. 03, 2023
I was very happy with Michelle. My exam was very thorough and she caught an issue that others had no... t. Will definitely refer her to others.
- Feb. 03, 2023
I highly recommend Hawks Prairie Vision. The staff is professional, wonderful, and kind. Also, their... place of business is clean and very welcoming.
- Jan. 31, 2023
Great visit. My appointment was punctual. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely would... recommend.
- Jan. 24, 2023
All staff are very friendly, and professional. A very smooth process of the eye exam, I was finished... in an hour. I would highly recommend.
- Jan. 20, 2023
Hawks Prairie Vision Clinic is the best Dr Arron is awesome the whole staff at Hawks Prairie Vision ... is outstanding and caring and helpful. I definitely and highly recommend them.
- Jan. 18, 2023
Very friendly and happy to answer your questions

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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 Hawk's Prairie Vision 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 Hawk's Prairie Vision 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 Hawk's Prairie Vision Clinic today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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