Vision Therapy in Chagrin Falls

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 Chagrin Falls

Our optometry practice in Chagrin Falls

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • 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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- Feb. 22, 2024
All staff are lovely and professional! I keep returning due to the personable care and great frames... selection!
- Feb. 21, 2024
Friendly staff, good location, good service.
- Feb. 06, 2024
Everything from scheduling as a new patient to getting my new pair of glasses felt simple and easy. ... Staff was very friendly and foster a calm and welcoming feeling.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Linda who handles the glasses is the best. Her personality is excellent and she is always helpful i... n any and all situations. Thanks Linda!
- Jan. 25, 2024
They went above and beyond to help me and my husband when we needed an out of state renewal of our d... rivers license and eye exam to accompany the application.
- Jan. 15, 2024
Very friendly and professional. Great service!
- Jan. 06, 2024
Up beat atmosphere and happy smiling people.
- Jan. 06, 2024
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended.
- Dec. 07, 2023
The entire staff were helpful, polite and professional. Would be happy to continue with services at ... Tanglewood Family Eyecare. Dr. Erin Mackanos was just wonderful.
- Dec. 01, 2023
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Tanglewood Family Eyecare for an eye examination, and the ex... perience was nothing short of outstanding! The administrative process was a breeze; the staff at the front desk ensured that the documentation and HIPAA form-filling were quick and efficient. Dr. Erin Mackanos, O.D., was fantastic! She displayed incredible patience, taking the time to address all my questions thoroughly. What sets her apart is her genuine dedication to comprehensive care; I never felt rushed during the appointment. The entire team at Tanglewood Family Eyecare deserves applause for their exceptional service. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the level of attention to patient care is truly commendable. I highly recommend Tanglewood Family Eyecare for anyone seeking top-notch eye care in a friendly and professional environment. Kudos to Dr. Mackanos and the entire team for providing an outstanding experience!
- Nov. 28, 2023
Dr. Mackinos is excellent.
- Oct. 24, 2023
I highly recommend Tanglewood Family Eyecare. They are knowledgeable, kind, considerate and friendly... .
- Oct. 17, 2023
The facility is nice , the staff is wonderful, and the doctor is fantastic …Highly recommend
- Oct. 06, 2023
Everyone was great!! Very informative, welcoming and kind. Definitely recommend!
- Sep. 27, 2023
Dr Mackanos is amazing, she really listened to my concerns and what I needed. She has an exceptional... way of teaching, she helped me with my contacts in 1,2,3.
- Sep. 08, 2023
I am impressed with the level of customer service in this office. Nice people, and very helpful!
- Aug. 25, 2023
Great staff and Dr. Mackanos rocks it! She’s efficient, friendly and has a great sense of humor!
- Aug. 17, 2023
Great experience! Dr. Mackanos always does an incredible job explaining her process. I’ve been wea... ring glasses since before grade school and have NEVER had a doctor even attempt to explain my eye exam to me. She does it in a succinct and thoughtful manner, showing her knowledge of the eye and her respect for her patients.
- Aug. 17, 2023
Great experience so far. Going back for a second pair!
- Aug. 04, 2023
Alway a pleasant experience. My eye care provider for 20+ years.

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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 Tanglewood Family Eyecare 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 Tanglewood Family Eyecare 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 Tanglewood Family Eyecare today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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