Vision Therapy in Greensburg Downtown Historic District

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 Greensburg Downtown Historic District

Our optometry practice in Greensburg Downtown Historic District

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • Aetna

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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- Mar. 07, 2024
I had an eye emergency and they were able to get me in that day and start a treatment plan.
- Jan. 08, 2024
Originally recommended to me by someone who used to work there, which is always a good sign! I've be... en going there for over a year now and have always had a pleasant experience. Great doctors, great techs, great opticians. If you live anywhere near Greensburg, it's definitely worth the drive.
- Dec. 04, 2023
Great Dr!
- Oct. 19, 2023
I have a difficult vision situation. Noble Vision doctor and staff are thorough, patient, understand... ing and accessible. Highly recommend.
- Oct. 13, 2023
My eyes are a challenge, but they take very good care of me.
- Sep. 06, 2023
I am very pleased with everyone at Noble Vision Center. I went there initially because I had somethi... ng in my eye that needed cleaned out and looked at. I continued to go there because they are so thorough. They are always helpful, even when I walk in for an eyeglass adjustment. I have been referring people ever since and I will continue to do so. And I highly recommend You go there!!
- Aug. 01, 2023
Friendly, Professional, Thorough!
- Jul. 24, 2023
I have had keratoconus for 25 years and have had poor vision. Dr. Noble and the entire staff are ex... tremly knowledgeable and pleasant I never imagined my eye sight could be this good. Other eye clinics just didn't want to be involved. Dr. Noble is amazing !!! She is very thorough. I would highly recommend Noble vision for anyone who wants the best care possible. .
- Jul. 05, 2023
The doctor is working with me to correct a physical issue with my vision. She is the first doctor t... o take active steps to try to reverse the effects of this issue.
- Jun. 04, 2023
State of the art equipment and very professional! The doctors and staff are wonderful and caring !
- May. 25, 2023
Outstanding staff. State of the art office. Excellent, knowledgeable physician.
- Apr. 21, 2023
Very courteous staff. The doctor was thorough and gave me a detailed explanation of my eye photos. ... I highly recommend this group.
- Apr. 18, 2023
Professional and courteous, pleasant surroundings -- all aspects of an eye appointment at Noble Visi... on Center are done well by all staff. State of the art equipment and very knowledgeable personnel.
- Mar. 03, 2023
Highly recommend!
- Jan. 29, 2023
Took me right away after I had scratched my eye
- Jan. 27, 2023
Welcoming and supportive
- Jan. 26, 2023
Very efficient service. Very friendly and honest staff. The overall quality of glasses are much high... er than my past experiences at Costco, Lens Crafters, and online Zenni. This is the best place for eyewear in the Greensburg area.
- Jan. 10, 2023
I was a "walk in" client during the holidays. The exam and eyeglass consultation were exceptional. E... very person I had contact with could not have been more helpful. I received my glasses and they are exactly what I had in mind. Don't waste money and time going to the mall or chains when you can go to Noble and get excellent care and amazing consutation.
- Jan. 06, 2023
The office of Noble eye vision has the best staff. They are polite, friendly and helpful. The eye d... octors are very concerned, thorough and very knowledgeable about different eye problems. I am glad to have been referred to this office.
- Dec. 28, 2022
Very professional and caring. I am a low vision patient and they're always able to help me. I highly... recommend them.

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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 Noble Vision Center 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 Noble Vision Center 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 Noble Vision Center today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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