Doctor Q&A: What is Myopia and How is it Treated?
In our latest Doctor Q&A, find out more about myopia and discover how a new treatment for children may be able to slow the progression of myopia which may help to prevent cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases later in life.
Meet the Vision Therapy Graduate: Eva
Last year Eva suffered headaches after coming home from classes in 3rd grade. Her parents had her vision tested and discovered that Eva needed assistance tracking and switching her focal point in the classroom. She was referred to the Vision Therapy program at EyeCare Specialties.
Eva’s parents credit the enthusiasm of vision therapists Michelle Hoatson and Rose Walker as the motivation for her progress. After several weeks, Eva’s headaches stopped and she gained more confidence in reading.
“Sometimes it was easy. Sometimes it was hard,” confesses Eva in regards to staying committed to the Vision Therapy exercises. “Now my eyes have fixed all the problems and I have met all my goals!”
Congratulations, Eva! And best of luck to you in 4th grade.
Choosing Eyewear for Children
Now that kids have been back in school, they may begin to notice vision problems they didn’t realize during the lazy days of summer. After bringing your child in for a comprehensive eye exam, you may face the decision of choosing your child’s first pair of eyewear. The tough part can be deciding what option to choose.
At the end of the day, if a child won’t wear his/her glasses, it’s money out the window. It’s important to choose eyewear that your child feels comfortable in, both the way they fit and the way they feel.
Things to consider when choosing eyewear for your child:
You want to consider your child’s prescription and the thickness of their lenses. The stronger the prescription, the smaller the frames should be to reduce peripheral distortion.
You’ll also want to consider proper bridge fit. How the frames sit on your child’s nose will impact whether or not they slide down or fit comfortably.
There are many temple styles to choose from with children’s frames. Toddlers and younger children may benefit from wrap-around styles that go around the head or styles that wrap around the ears, so the glasses don’t fall off.
Lifestyle is very important to consider when choosing eyewear. If your child plays sports, consider getting him/her a pair of prescription sports glasses. Regular street wear is not recommended for sports play, because the risk of injury is greater than if they weren’t wearing any eyewear. If your child spends a lot of time outside, consider going with photochromic (Transitions®) lenses or a secondary pair of prescription sunglasses.
At EyeCare Specialties, we offer a great children’s package. You can get a complete pair of children’s eyewear including the frames, lenses and any coatings for 50% off. Included in this offer is our Warranty Plus program; If your child breaks or loses their eyewear, you can replace them once for just 25% of the original cost.
The Frame Experts at EyeCare Specialties can help make sure that the eyewear you select fits properly and ensures the best vision for your child. Plus, our Frame Experts have some unique insight into what’s cool with the younger crowd.
Meet the Frame Expert: Emily
Emily’s engaging personality is apparent before she even says hello. She loves greeting patients as they walk in the door and gets excited about finding the perfect pair for each individual person and their lifestyle. Emily has a unique way of introducing color and fashion into flattering style ideas for patients they hadn’t thought to try before. She knows what can help make a patient look and feel confident, stylish and terrific.
As a new mom, she especially likes helping kids, “Being that person to help a two-year-old see their parents for the first time is an amazing feeling!”
Emily has been proud to work at EyeCare Specialties for almost three years and looks forward to continuing to learn even more about the best ways to help the patients. “I love both working for a great company that values their employees and having great people to work with!”