Vision Therapy in Lemont

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 Lemont

Our optometry practice in Lemont

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • 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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- Apr. 10, 2024
Forzley Eye Clinic is awesome. From the great staff to the professional Doctors. Dr. Flora was very ... helpful with getting me in right away today when I ended up having an eyelash stuck in my eye causing major pain and irritation. He was quick to figure out the problem and the whole process was quick and painless. I recommend Forzley to anyone who is looking for an eye doctor.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Dr. Forzley has been my eye provider since the year he hung out his shingle and had an office on Sta... te Street. He is one of the most thoughtful and caring providers I have worked with. He listens, makes great recommendations and follows up. I have been so happy being one of his patients that I brought in my own kids to see him and now my husband is a patient. he is a gem!!!!
- May. 16, 2023
After waking up with an eye infection last Saturday, I stopped by Forzley Eye Clinic to see if they ... could help me. They readily worked me into their schedule, and I left with a prescription for the infection. Everyone was both professional and kind. Much appreciated!
- Jan. 17, 2023
My wife and I left Target Optical for Forzley Eye Clinic and couldn’t be happier. Dr. Flora was fr... iendly, professional, and efficient. The optician Jess offered excellent customer service and was very helpful in selecting glasses for us to try on. Highly recommend this place.
- Oct. 07, 2022
The absolute best, most thorough eye exam I've ever had. Staff was knowledgeable, professional and f... riendly. They had my best interests in mind and weren't just trying to sell me on things. Been wearing glasses pretty much my whole life and this was the absolute best experience I've ever had. Highly recommend.
- Oct. 04, 2022
Love Dr. Forzley. He and his staff are very nice and professional, every visit.
- Aug. 24, 2022
Dr. Forzley is awesome. Best eye care available.
- Jul. 21, 2022
Outstanding!
- Apr. 11, 2022
Staff was super friendly. Doc was great, extremely knowledgeable and thorough. Discussed all option... s to help me make best decision for myself. Would highly recommended.
- Feb. 23, 2022
Dr. Forzley is one of the best Doctors I have ever dealt with in both to his medical skill but most ... importantly his relationship with his patients. He is truly a good man who cares about the people he attends to. He listens and explains everything to the patient so you leave knowing any issues or problems. I recently took my elderly father to see him due to a sudden loss of vision and the entire staff could not have been better. Not only did they take care of him but Dr. Forzley called me on a Sunday just to follow up and make sure everything was okay. Not many Doctors do that on their days off. This is a man who should be teaching his profession to the future Doctors out there. I could not be more happy with Dr. Forzley and his entire staff.
- Feb. 15, 2022
I've been going to Dr. Forzley for years. I can't say enough about him, as well as his staff. The be... st eye doctor with the friendliest staff. I have recommended friends and family over the years.
- Feb. 01, 2022
Friendly staff, great doctors.
- Jan. 28, 2022
Great eye doctor office.
- Jan. 13, 2022
Love this eye doctor practice and glasses shop! I’ve been going here for most of my life and have ... never had any major issues. Everyone is always lovely.
- Dec. 09, 2021
Dr. Forzley, his staff and all the people there were professional, knowledgeable, kind , friendly an... d very helpful. couldn’t ask for a better place for Eye Care. God bless them all.
- Dec. 03, 2021
Have been seeing Dr Forzely for many years. His office staff is friendly but very professional at al... l times. They have all the answers your questions. Dr. Forzely is so helpful and is experienced with all optical problems you may have. He addresses any of your concerns competently and concisely. With all the COVID practices now, the office has adapted many safety procedures to make you feel very secure. Just can't praise Dr. Forzely and his office enough. I recommend him highly. You'll be happy if you have him and his team assisting you. Gloria Slomiany.
- Dec. 01, 2021
Everyone in this office were very friendly and helpful! My wife and I were very impressed with the q... uality service we had received!
- Nov. 19, 2021
Everyone was friendly and the experience was comfortable. Would recommend.
- Nov. 05, 2021
Dr. Forzley is the best! Very knowledgeable, answers all questions and friendly (Same with the staff... ) Always has great products and state of the art equipment.
- Oct. 11, 2021
I have been a patient of Dr. Forzley’s for over 10 years. So when I had an emergency injury to my ... eye,I called the office to explain.The office staff communicated with Dr. Forzley and arranged an appointment for me that same day. I did not have to wait when I arrived at the office.. I was treated very kindly and Dr. Forzley’s treatment was excellent and my injury is healing! I highly recommend this friendly professional office!

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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 Forzley Eye Clinic 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 Forzley Eye Clinic 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 Forzley Eye Clinic today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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