Vision Therapy in Highlands Ranch

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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girl in eye exam

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 Highlands Ranch

Our optometry practice in Highlands Ranch

Photograph of Lawrence Jacobs
Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem
  • 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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- May. 24, 2024
A great practice, nice staff, the latest equipment, and a wide range of eyewear.
- Apr. 11, 2024
Excellent care every time!!!
- Apr. 10, 2024
Dr. Quinton and Jules truly made for a wonderful experience at HD Eye Care. They made me feel comfor... table and listened to my concerns regarding my current prescription. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
- Mar. 01, 2024
Dr. Quinton is awesome! She is very thorough and explains everything as she is doing the exam. The e... ntire office has great customer service. Always kind and prompt. I have never waited more than a few minutes for my appointment. They have high end equipment which makes the exam that much better. I highly recommend Highlands Ranch HD Eye Care.
- Feb. 04, 2024
We checked out HD eye care because my boyfriend had a really bad experience with his previous eye do... ctor. On the day of his appointment, there was a blizzard. We called and told them we might be late, and they were so pleasant about it. Upon walking in, they were just grateful we got there in one piece. The staff was so friendly, it kind of shocked me because all we have ever had were bad experiences. They also had such an amazing selection of frames. Dr. Quintin was so kind, knowledgeable, and really took the time to get his Rx right. Another thing that we loved was that we only payed for an eye exam; Dr. Quintin let my boyfriend take home a pair of contacts to try before he committed to purchasing a year supply. This meant the world to us being on a fixed income, as his previous eye doctor never got his script right; in the past, he payed for contacts that weren’t even his correct prescription. The fact that she let him take them home to try and make sure they were perfect meant the world to us. I loved Dr. Quintin so much that now I’M switching eye doctors to see her. We look forward to seeing her for years to come.
- Jan. 10, 2024
Always have a good experience there, especially with Dr. Quinn. Been going for years.
- Dec. 26, 2023
Very friendly staff
- Dec. 19, 2023
The Doctors and Staff are professional, friendly and understanding.
- Dec. 03, 2023
Love this entire staff! They always make it such a positive experience each and every time I’m in.... I always recommend them to anyone looking for an amazing optometry group.
- Nov. 27, 2023
VERY PROFESSIONAL EYE CARE DOCTORS AND FRIENDLY STAFF
- Oct. 29, 2023
It's the staff... funny -fun and just delight to interact with.
- Oct. 19, 2023
Everyone there is so nice! I was joking and laughing with them as soon as I walked in. I was given ... excellent service, and best of all, I can see again!! No more eye fatigue, sitting at my desk all day staring at a computer. Super cute glasses, so many to choose from. Hannah was so patient with me as I tried on darn near every pair of glasses until I found the right ones. Highly recommend.
- Oct. 11, 2023
Went to this office for the first time the other day after our previous optometrist closed. The staf... f, technicians, and Dr. Jacobs were all very kind and knowledgeable and I felt very well cared for. While I didn't get glasses from the office, they did seem to have a very big selection. Glad to be going here!
- Sep. 22, 2023
Best eye exam I have ever had with such up to date imaging and so friendly and Dr. Jacobs is incredi... ble !!!!! Jules is just amazing and makes you feel so welcomed and like you are family!
- Sep. 08, 2023
Everyone is always very helpful and pleasant at Highlands Ranch HD Eye Care and Dr. Jacobs is a wond... erful eye doctor! We have consistently had excellent care and our glasses and contacts have been fantastic!
- Aug. 02, 2023
Dr Jacob’s is a very caring and passionate provider! This is a top notch practice from the person... al from the front desk to the doctors. The atmosphere when you walk in is fantastic!
- Jul. 02, 2023
This is an excellent eye care business. My family has gone here for years and we’ve been impresse... d every time with the expertise and professionalism of Dr. Jacobs and the whole staff. I highly recommend them for regular exams or any kind of issue. We’ve had great experiences with all the glasses they made for us too.
- Jun. 25, 2023
Fran was a wonderful help. Great selection of quality frames. Excellent customer service
- May. 31, 2023
I’ve been going here for over a decade and Dr. Jacobs is awesome!
- May. 19, 2023
Staff at HD EyeCare took time to help me find the perfect glasses!

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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 Highlands Ranch HD Eye Care 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 Highlands Ranch HD Eye Care 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 Highlands Ranch HD Eye Care today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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