Vision Therapy in Winter Garden

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 Winter Garden

Our optometry practice in Winter Garden

Photograph of Neil  Macali
Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed

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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- Nov. 20, 2023
Discovered this place on the fly, and found that the staffs were very friendly and helpful. I needed... a nose pad repair on one of my branded sunglasses, and they were able to find the right pieces to repair immediately. Highly satisfied with the service and recommend this place!
- Nov. 08, 2023
Dr Macali is absolutely amazing. I went the entire weekend with excruciating pain in my left eye. I ... called the office Monday morning to for a emergency appointment, was scheduled for that afternoon and by that evening my pain was gone! Thank you doctor Macali. You are the best!!!
- Oct. 12, 2023
Exceptional customer service sets this eye care store miles apart from any others I've visited! A h... uge shoutout to Manager Andy, who has not only demonstrated an high level of kindness and helpfulness, but has also gone above and beyond to rectify a small mishap with an old pair of frames. The dedication and outstanding treatment I received from him and his team have not only resolved the issue, but have also secured them a customer for life!
- Oct. 07, 2023
Really nice place, I was helped immediately after arriving, Andy who went above and beyond to help m... e out with a specific request and had a smile the entire time. I will recommend this place to all my friends and family.
- Jul. 12, 2023
Highly recommend!!! This was the best experience I have ever had in eye care. I came in with a not e... asy situation and Andy and Maray were beyond patient, helpful, and informative. They were recommended by a friend and they have now gained a new costumer today. I will continue to recommend them to everyone I know. This is the best customer service I have received in a very long time and cannot wait to pick up my new glasses!
- Jun. 21, 2023
Special thanks to Maray and Carlos🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
- May. 04, 2023
Great location, place opens at 830am not 9am
- Mar. 31, 2023
I recommend the Macali Eye office; all staff was very kind and attentive. Excellent Service!
- Jan. 04, 2023
Robert rocks!!!! He totally fixed my glasses!!!!!!!
- Oct. 28, 2022
Friendly staff, extensive eye exam with options to do extra screening if you would like to pay and t... he building is always clean and neat.
- Aug. 30, 2022
This place is amazing. The staff is wonderful, if you’re looking for great place for your Eyecare ... needs, you have to check out Macali Eye Clinic.
- Aug. 29, 2022
The staff are very friendly and helpful. I really appreciate how the doctor explained things to me a... nd helped me understand some important facts about my eyes. Great experience and highly recommend.
- Aug. 19, 2022
My glasses had become loose and I couldn't read anything. They adjusted them for me with a smile an... d a thank you. Bless you all. I needed my eyes this weekend to work in a hospital in Jax. Thanks again
- Jul. 27, 2022
My partner and I have been clients of Macali Eye Clinic for over 15 years. From scheduling, to exam... s, to eyeglass selections and fitting, everyone there is professional, competent, and genuinely accommodating. And, Dr. Macali has always been thorough with his exam assessments, along with a positive and comfortable bedside manner. Although we don’t have eye insurance, I highly recommend the full exam, because it’s more thorough and a good value, knowing that the annual exam results are also updated in our patient records. As a professional interior designer, I find the physical environment at this facility not only beautiful and carefully thought through, but also stress-free, calming and pleasant. For any type of small business to excel in all of these areas, seems rare these days. Thank you EVERYONE for making our eye exam experience worthwhile and positive… every time!
- May. 11, 2022
(Translated by Google) The attention of the boy who speaks Spanish was excellent, and Doctor Noble w... as very sweet. I am glad that there are people who speak Spanish, so we feel calmer and can communicate when we take the exams 🙂 (Original) La atencion del muchacho que habla español , fue excelente, y la Doctora Noble muy dulce , me alegro que hayan personas que hablen español , asi nos sentimos mas tranquilos y podemos comunicarnos cuando nos hacemos los examenes 🙂
- Apr. 20, 2022
I am very satisfied with the exams and the variety of glasses offered at Otica Macali, but I would l... ike to highlight the excellent service provided by Carlos, for the second year in a row he serves my husband and I with excellence, always kind, with accurate information and agility , a complete and differentiated professional. Thank you Carlos, I wish you much success!!
- Apr. 14, 2022
I have gone to Dr. Macali for over 20 years. Great eye doctor. REQUEST HIM and make sure the staff... confirms that he will be the one seeing you. Very thorough, skilled and professional. This clinic gets very busy so book early. The entire staff is polite, friendly and do their best to get you taken care of in a timely manner.
- Mar. 28, 2022
I switched to Macali Eye Clinic because I wanted a reputable doctor near my new home in Winter Garde... n. The staff at Macali Eye Clinic did not disappoint! They were kind, prompt, professional, and caring. I am so happy to have found a great group of people close to home! I will continue coming to Macali Eye Clinic for years to come.
- Feb. 22, 2022
Top notch eye care! The staff are very professional, and thorough. They have a full suite of equip... ment and conduct a comprehensive eye exam, and prescription determination. They are a bit more expensive than discount optometrists, but you get what you pay for.
- Feb. 17, 2022
Great Clinic! The staff is amazing super friendly and personable. The doctor was great at explaining... everything.

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

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