Vision Therapy in Grove City

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 Grove City

Our optometry practice in Grove City

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • 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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- Feb. 23, 2024
Friendly staff and personable doctor. Very helpful and patient with answering questions. Highly reco... mmend!
- Feb. 19, 2024
Wonderful customer service, nice, friendly people. It’s a pleasure to do business here.
- Feb. 03, 2024
We've used Perigo for years and will continue using them. They've always been great with our kids, e... specially with repairs and patience!
- Dec. 18, 2023
The best care I've received hands down.
- Sep. 19, 2023
Very patient working with my family on contact practice and picking out glasses. Helped give my daug... hters even get separate cases when they had the same one. Doctor has great manner and is very patient answering questions. It's a very clean office with a great staff.
- Oct. 29, 2021
Staff is always so friendly. Lobby is always clean and nice. And Dr. Perigo is super knowledgeable,... patient and makes you feel like family. Thank you.
- Sep. 23, 2021
The people there r always so nice and I really like the Dr I see. Very professional. The place is ve... ry clean too.
- Jun. 24, 2020
From the minute you walk in the door you are made to feel that you and your eye care are important. ... Dr. Perigo takes his time with you as do the assistants that help you with finding frames etc. I highly recommend Perigo Family Eyecare. You won't be disappointed!!
- Feb. 11, 2020
Dr. Perigo is awesome and so are the staff!
- Dec. 23, 2019
amazing place to get eye care from the doctor was very attentive to my needs and Andrea who is a fri... end of the family thank you perigo family
- May. 07, 2019
Great place and excellent staff, the optometrist explained everything in detail and she's pretty hot... 😁. Highly recommend this place
- Jan. 11, 2019
Amazing service. Was greeted right away. Felt like I was a long time customer even though I was a ne... w patient. Everyone in the office listened and were very professional. Excellent prices. Will return and will refer my wife. Thank you to the wonderful staff for such a positive experience!
- Oct. 24, 2018
The staff is friendly, appointments are easy to make. I believe Dr. Perigo helped save my husband’... s vision. He is very attentive.
- Oct. 05, 2018
Awesome experience! Dr. Perigo takes the time to explain everything and gives by far the most compr... ehensive eye exam ever. I usually go into that thinking it's just mainly an appointment to get glasses but Dr. Perigo takes the time to explain eye health and changes since the last appointment, so I left feeling a little smarter about my health. Highly recommended.
- May. 29, 2018
The staff and Dr. Perigo are always so frienlyf and helpful. IdI recommend a visit for yourself. Ive... I been a patient for years.
- Apr. 19, 2018
I reccomend this eye doctor to everyone. I went in today with broken glasses got my eye exam and my ... glasses will be ready tomorrow orMonday. Also they have me one of their frames so I didn't have to have broken tapes up glasses. THEY ARE BY FAR THE BEST EYE DOCTORS IVE EVER BEEN TO!!!! IF I COULD GIVE THEM 20 STARS I WOULD
- Nov. 15, 2017
Great place! Everyone is super friendly.
- Aug. 21, 2016
Just moved to Grove City, and needed an eye doctor. I've had many issues in the past with the presc... ription. My wife had just gone here and she had great things to say. My visit had meet all expectations. The receptionist greeted me when I entered the office. My wait was short and they ran the tests with current tools and gadgets. Next, I meet with the Dr. and we chatted a bit and finished the exam. It was just a really comfortable and nice experience to have, and most important she got my prescription right. Would highly recommend giving Perigo a shot if your looking for a place to try.
- Jun. 29, 2014
The doctors here are friendly and skilled. They use the latest tech to evaluate your eyesight and ex... plain what is going on in easy to understand terms. They are also great with children. They genuinely care about improving your eyesight, rather than making extra money on things you don't need. I initially went to another eye doctor in town, and they diagnosed her with an eye condition that she did not have. The doctors here at Perigo Family Eye Care quickly saw that wasn't the case and gave her a prescription that helped her eyesight tremendously. If you're looking for a great eye doctor in Grove City, you should go here.

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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 Perigo Family EyeCare 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 Perigo Family EyeCare 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 Perigo Family EyeCare today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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