Vision Therapy in Deerfield

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.

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.


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 North Suburban Vision Consultants 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 North Suburban Vision Consultants eye doctor will discuss these potential side effects and help you decide on the right approach for your child.


Patient Reviews
- May. 03, 2021
Dr. Eiden is great! I am an optometrist from SW Florida. I was in the Chicago area recently and dec... ided to reach out to Dr. Eiden to see if I could stop by for a couple hours to observe and ask him a few questions. He is one of the best in the country at treating patients with keratoconus and other irregular corneal conditions with specialty contact lenses. I have heard him lecture on this topic at national optometry conferences in the past. His clinical knowledge is excellent. He is great at general optometry and at treating various eye disease such as glaucoma. He is a kind person who spent a few hours helping me and he has optometry school 4th year students rotate through his office as part of their externship training. He has the latest technology (more than I've seen in any office). So, you will receive the best eye care possible when you see Dr. Eiden.
- Jul. 04, 2020
There aren’t many things more important than our sight. I know because I was legally blind for ma... ny years. During those years NSVC corrected my vision and allowed me to go about my life with good vision in spite of the limitations of my damaged eyes. When it became more difficult to maintain my vision, Dr. Eiden suggested multiple surgeries to provide a more permanent solution to my problem. He put me in touch with a wonderful surgeon and the results of the surgery and his continuing care were nothing short of miraculous. Not only does this office provide the most professional care possible (I know - I’ve “seen” a lot of eye doctors), they are such nice people. They provide eye care for my wife, grown children and, now, my grandchildren. I’m so grateful for what they do for us. Don’t waste your time anywhere else.
- May. 04, 2020
I went to the office today for my annual check up. They have GREAT a great safe system set up. The... y took my temperature prior to letting me in the door. I had to call the office and a tech came to get me alone. We walked directly into the testing room. The Tech assured me the room was cleaned as well as all of the test machines I was to use. He maintained social distancing and everyone wore masks. I was walked into a room marked CLEANED. At the point the other tech went through the sight test and had distance while doing so. Then Dr. Eiden Came in with full scrubs on with his mask to perform the next set of test. They installed a plastic shield in between him and the test machine and me. Always maintaining as much distance as possible. I felt EXTREMELY Safe the entire time. Even the Payment/check out had the clerk come to the Door as I sat in the chair 8 feet away. I gave her my credit card number verbally, she wrote up the receipt and laid it on the chair and said she will mail me the receipt from the credit card. Great set up and organized.
- Jun. 07, 2019
Dr. Press is someone I have complete confidence in. He takes time to talk to you and does not rush y... ou. I have never had such a complete workup on my eyes with anyone. The girls in the Northwest Hwy office are wonderful.
- May. 14, 2019
I had my first visit and I have to say I was very impressed. Office entryway and interior was very ... clean and nicely designed. Dr. Milana Matz and her assistant along with the entire staff were very professional. Dr. Matz explained each and every procedure. I was also impressed with the equipment as everything appeared to be the latest and best providing patients with great examinations and results. Thank you Dr. Matz. I found a new eye doctor for my family.
- Mar. 08, 2019
Dr. Simic was great! She was very thorough and helped zero in on a vision problem my daughter has be... en experiencing for 6+ months. Courteous staff, modern office and facilities.
- Nov. 11, 2018
I visited North Suburban Vision Consultants for the first time this past week. The professionalism ... of the staff and the care I received was excellent! Dr. Matz was thorough and took her time to explain all tests and procedures as well as ensuring that my prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses were accurate. I would highly recommend North Suburban Vision Consultants!
- Oct. 22, 2018
Great job with a very difficult contact fitting.
- Sep. 04, 2018
My wife and I have been coming to North Suburban Vision Consultants for years. Their knowledge and p... rofessional skill is beyond the norm. Dr Matz and assistant Anna did a thorough exam with great personal attention and care. I highly recomend their services and know you will not be disappointed. they are at the top of their game
- Aug. 11, 2018
Very Kind, Capable, and Professional folks. I do recommend!
- Jun. 17, 2018
better than the best
- Jan. 15, 2018
Best doctor’s Dr.Eiden and his staff are the only One’s I trust for our vision! These doctor’s... really care and take time to explain everything. We live over an hour away but it is worth the trip that I make every single year I highly recommend Dr. Eiden!
- Dec. 21, 2017
Completely professional operation from top to bottom. Dr. Eiden, Dr. Matz , their staff and facilit... y are as good as it gets.
- Dec. 01, 2017
I have been a patient of Dr. Simic for more than 3 years , She taking care of every single detail i... n my treatment plan , She is the best , The staff and the office is state of the art . If you need the best vision care , the is one place , North Suburban Vision Consultant .
- Oct. 13, 2017
Anna (staff) was very knowledgeable and explained everything with great detail. Dr. Eiden was very p... ro-active and explained everything to me in great detail and did not try to sell me something I did not need. He was very honest and upfront about what might help my condition and what he thought was not going to help. He was very straightforward and I appreciated that. Would highly recommend.
- Sep. 07, 2017
Went to see Dr. Matz for eye infection, she was able to diagnose it in minutes and perscribe the rig... ht treatment, it was the easiest and most professional experience at the the optometry office yet. I highly recommend to anyone who wants an attentive and talented optometrist.
- Apr. 08, 2016
The doctors at North Suburban Vision Consultants (and the people helping out the doctors on rotation... to become ones themselves) are super friendly and very knowledgeable! The equipment in that office is state of the art so you're really getting the best eye care you possibly can!
- Dec. 18, 2015
I don't trust my sight to just anyone! The care at North Suburban Vision Consultants is by far the b... est I have ever encountered. You can rest easy under their watch. I highly recommend them!
- Nov. 29, 2015
Thorough and very high tech, this optometric/ophthalmology practice is a great place on the North Sh... ore for eye exams and lens fittings. A bit more pricey than most offices, the technology and expertise is worth the extra cost.
- Sep. 19, 2015
Great first visit for my Kindergartener! Dr. Vesna Simic and her staff did a great job in keeping my... little one happy and calm. Definitely will be back!

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Myopia Management in Deerfield

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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 North Suburban Vision Consultants today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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