Vision Therapy in New Holland

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 New Holland

Our optometry practice in New Holland

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
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  • Aetna
  • Tricare
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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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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- May. 17, 2024
I highly recommend Dr. Strybos and the team at Owens Optometrics! The photos they take of the blood... vessels/nerves of the eyes are very fascinating, and Dr. Strybos takes time to review and explain them in detail, as well as compare to previous and discuss changes and risks (the vessels show a lot, such as stress from high blood pressure or indication of high blood sugar, etc.). I have learned a great deal from our conversations and refer my friends and family to him!
- May. 11, 2024
Dr. Owens and his staff are awesome!
- Apr. 30, 2024
Had my appointment recently and loved the place! Super kind and helpful staff. The doctors are amazi... ng, really they listen to your concerns, the appointment didn’t feel rushed, detailed check. 100% recommend.
- Apr. 25, 2024
Dr Owens is the best.
- Apr. 17, 2024
Love my new glasses! Such a great experience at Owen’s Optimetrics. Thank you everyone!
- Apr. 09, 2024
My experience at Owens Optometrics is always a good one. The doctors and staff are friendly and kno... wledgeable. They are thorough and I never feel rushed. I feel like they give excellent care.
- Mar. 26, 2024
All those who work for Owens Optometrics are kind and caring.
- Mar. 23, 2024
I had some new “flashes” in right Eye that concerned me.
- Feb. 19, 2024
The staff were very friendly and helpful. I had my exam at a different place of business. Due to pr... oblems with my glasses/lenses not being correct twice at the other place of business I called their office and was helped by Kara who was so helpful in all aspects of getting me into a pair of glasses that I love.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Dr. Bob, Vicki, and staff are amazing!
- Feb. 06, 2024
It was a good visit with the eye doctor today. Nice office,pleasant people ,great Doctor.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Had my first visit today and I loved everyone! They have a patient for life 👍 Great job!
- Jan. 25, 2024
It was great, very nice people
- Jan. 24, 2024
Dr. Owens is such a wonderful doctor. He truly cares about his patients and gives his undivided atte... ntion to his patient. He is thorough with his explanations and always asks if there are any questions he can address. He has awesome bedside manners. He is the best doc in town.
- Jan. 04, 2024
Dr Dan and the staff are always a pleasure to deal with. You learn more about your eyes than you've ... ever known before. Very professional, excellent service!
- Dec. 14, 2023
Dr Strybos is awesome! He doesn’t just check your eyes, he educates each of his patients. I apprec... iate the time and care he spends with each patient. Highly recommended! Would also recommend Jenn Horning to help with picking out glasses, she nails it every time!
- Nov. 13, 2023
My visit with Owens Optometrics this morning was a pleasant experience. Very helpful and shared good... information to help with my first pair of glasses.
- Nov. 08, 2023
Outstanding practice. Excellent experience starting from making the appointment, front desk, doctor ... and optical staff. Everyone ensured a comfortable and complete experience. Dr Strybos was great ensuring we understood all the technical aspects of our exams. He listened carefully to all questions and concerns. We are new to the area and feel like we have found an outstanding optometrist. Will definitely recommend the practice. Addendum. Had an acute bacterial infection in both my eyes. Dr Owens and staff( to include Dr Patrick, intern) were able to get me in today, do a thorough examination and provide the reassurance of medication for the issue. Wonderful practice, with a competent and caring staff!
- Oct. 31, 2023
I need some help with my eyes last week and I called Owen's Oprometrics. They were nice enough to ma... ke an appointment so that I could be seen by Dr Owen's and he was able to diagnose the issue and prescribe the needed medicine. Thank you to the entire team at Owen's Optometrics for making it such an easy visit. David H
- Oct. 20, 2023
Excellent, professional service!

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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 Owens Optometrics 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 Owens Optometrics 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 Owens Optometrics today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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