Vision Therapy in First Colony Commons

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 First Colony Commons

Our optometry practice in First Colony Commons

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 8:15 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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. 19, 2024
Dr Walls and the whole staff are amazing!! The eyeglass department is exceptional!! Always there if ... i need an eyeglass adjustment or the have them replaced!!!
- Apr. 03, 2024
Dr Walls and the whole staff are amazing!! The eyeglass department is exceptional!! Always there if ... i need an eyeglass adjustment!! Everyone is knowledgeable and always professional!!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Wiley Walls OD is the best eye doctor. He has been amazing at helping my vision problems after I ha... d an RK surgery in 1990. The staff is wonderful! I am so very pleased with this office.
- Feb. 27, 2024
If you are looking for a Doctor that truly cares with incredible staff, then don’t look any furthe... r! Dr Wells truly cares and takes his time explaining with detail the findings. Its truly hard to find someone like Dr Wells that Makes you feel like family. I went there for my Scalero lens fitting and took my family for regular eye exams. Memorial Eye center in Sugarland is a one stop shop. I would Highly recommended!!!!!!
- Feb. 22, 2024
Dr Walls is an amazing Doctor! After Dr Arnold retired, I didn't think I would like another doctor. ... But Dr Walls has been a great doctor, the next best! He works hard, he really cares about his patients and is very thoughtful. He has called and texted me personally to check on me. The staff is also SUPER helpful! We love Theresa! I can't say enough about the care of all the staff, they're top notch! I would recommend anyone to go see them!
- Nov. 22, 2023
I recommend everyone to come here! The front desk staff are very attentive and helpful. Miss Leslie ... was so sweet and was able to answer any questions/concerns I had. Dr.Walls was my OD, he provided excellent care and made me feel like a valued patient. I recommend this clinic. Awesome staff and great drs!!
- Oct. 27, 2023
Dr. Walls is an amazing eye doctor who specializes in fitting damaged eyes like mine with Scleral co... ntact lenses. These specialists are very hard to find and Dr. Walls is amazing. Theresa, along with the rest of the staff are wonderful to deal with. If you need an outstanding eye doctor that specializes in Scleral contact lenses, and want to get top-shelf service from a friendly staff, this is the place to go.
- Oct. 24, 2023
We have been going there for years. Dr. Horiszny is a wonderful, caring doctor. And the office staff... is great. They are all so helpful and friendly. We wouldn’t go anywhere else for all our eye exams.
- Oct. 18, 2023
Friendly doctors and staff. Very professional service.
- May. 21, 2023
First time going with Dr. Daniel Bui for my eye exam, but he was great and my prescription came out ... perfectly. Also, the staff are nice and helpful, and I want to give a special shoutout to Sylvester! I had a problem with my lenses order initially, but he went above and beyond to make sure the issue is fixed and that I am a satisfied customer. Overall, I've had a positive experience and would recommend!
- Mar. 04, 2022
I was yet, in my 10+ years of wearing glasses, got any of my prescriptions perfect, BUT I can finall... y say I have. Memorial Eye Center in Sugarland got it right!! Dr Joseph was awesome as well. I seriously just can’t believe how well I can see with my new prescription I got today, I had to come here and give a review. Very content customer
- Nov. 22, 2020
Great experience at the eye doctor. Everyone should use Dr. Arnold. Such a Profesional and he has ... a great, welcoming staff.
- Oct. 04, 2019
I have an eye diease called Keratoconus. I've literally been all over Houston to different doctors f... or the past year and nine months trying to get a contact to fit my irregular shaped corneal. It was at the point to where nothing worked. I was making plans on a corneal transplant until Dr. Goosey referred me to Dr. Arnold he said there's a lens called the EyePrintPRO I want see if Dr. Arnold can fit you. I made the appointment and they made a mode of my eye it took several visit and I thought this is never going to work. I received my lens last Saturday it's a true miracle!!! I'm over the moon happy I was reading the eye chart 20/80 before my EyePrintPRO now I can read 20/25! I can't Thank You enough you have changed my life I had major depression with my eye disease and even cried on a couple of visits now I have tears of joy! Thank You so much...
- Jun. 14, 2019
Out of country.. apparently I am way out of visit..sent me my old..same I've been wearing...I owe a ... visit...had no idea I was due ..not on them..I kept pushing text overall...my bad.. thank you Today's
- May. 24, 2019
Dr. Arnold is the best. We drive about 2 hrs. each way just to see him. One can imagine the kind of ... service he & his staff provides for us to drive this far. Been our family’s doctor for about 20+ years. WE JUST DRIVE THEY GO THE EXTRA MILE.
- Feb. 25, 2019
Dr. Arnold is a great caring optometrist. His staff is wonderful and very helpful.
- Nov. 23, 2018
Love the staff after trying american best vision in missouri city which the costumer service is so u... norgainsed took three hours to get paper signed by doctor to order contacts . Never will go back to them . Thank you todays vision for friendly staff
- Aug. 22, 2018
Great customer service! 😁😋 Thank you so much Sylvester and Rachel. This location has wondeful ... staff with great customer service skills. I highly recommend this location
- Aug. 22, 2018
Great customer service! 😁😋 Thank you so much Sylvester and Rachel. This location has wondeful ... staff with great customer service skills. I highly recommend this location.
- May. 05, 2018
Great office and very professional will refer to others!

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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 Memorial Eye Center - Sugar Land 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 Memorial Eye Center - Sugar Land eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.

man adjusting glasses

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 Memorial Eye Center - Sugar Land today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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