Vision Therapy in Glenview

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 Glenview

Our optometry practice in Glenview

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Blue Cross
  • Medicare
  • MetLife
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP
  • Anthem

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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- Jan. 20, 2024
I had an exceptional experience with Dr. Neukirch. He is a true professional and treated us with war... mth and friendliness. Dr. Neukirch is a very skilled practitioner, he is very concise and methodical. Also, the office staff is very affable, and they always greet me with a smile. His office is very clean and very well maintained. Therefore, it is a very buoyant environment, and I am very satisfied with the result for my Ortho-K lenses! I had a very positive experience there, so I highly recommend Dr. Neukirch's practice. I would like to give him more than 5 stars, thank you very much!!
- Oct. 18, 2023
This has been my place for eye exams and glasses for more than 10 years. Dr. Neukirch is thorough in... his examinations, has a wonderful and kind disposition, and uses the latest technology. The staff is always courteous. They have a pretty nice selection of frames. Make sure you say hi to Leo, the cutest member of the team!
- Jun. 26, 2023
I've been going here for a couple of years and I love it! The optometrist did a thorough job and ans... wered all my questions. The service people in front were pleasant, knowledgeable, and professional, even when dealing with a nightmare customer (rude, verbally abusive, and threatened to leave nasty reviews).
- Jun. 16, 2023
Dr. DalPorto is terrific! I am a pathological myope who had exclusively seen a pediatric ophthalmolo... gist for all of his corrective lens needs since childhood, but it was long past time to stop seeing him. I selected Carillon after critically examining Google Reviews for eye clinics near me and was not disappointed. An informative display in the lobby about myopia instantly made me feel welcome. Dr. DalPorto is the model doctor: superbly affable, extremely thorough, and caring toward the patient's holistic well-being, not only optical health. I was delighted to receive my new prescription here and the great news that my eyesight - if corrected - is strong enough to pass vision screening tests to drive. She was also the first to tell me that my vision would be even better were I to switch to rigid contact lenses. If you're in the Chicagoland area and in need of such services, I wouldn't go anywhere but here.
- Apr. 27, 2023
Dr. Neukirch and team are professional, personable, and all around lovely. My family has been coming... here for almost a decade now!
- Dec. 15, 2022
Amazing staff and doctors. I highly recommend this practice. Both doctors take their time during t... he exams and are caring and very knowledgeable.
- Oct. 01, 2022
Both myself and my daughter see Dr DalPorto. She is thorough, quick, keeps things moving while answe... ring the ten thousand questions my 9 year old threw at her. She put everyone at ease and make the appointment as stress free as possible. The office is clean, with parking, lots of options for eye wear, staff are all friendly and helpful. They also have an office dog! 10/10 I would highly recommend!
- Feb. 27, 2022
I began with Carillon Vision under the care of Dr. Agrest, he was a great Dr. Since his retirement I... have been seen by both Dr. Neukirch and Dr. DalPorto. Both are very professional and knowledgeable and explain everything very thoroughly. All the staff there is great, friendly and helpful. Highly recommend them!
- Jan. 15, 2022
I’ve moved out of Glenview years ago. Even when moving out of state, I still come to see Dr Neukir... ch for all my eye health appointments. Now my daughter sees him as well. I feel he’s very thorough, knowledgeable, friendly, easy to talk to and personable.
- Dec. 02, 2021
Great place. Knowledge staff and very clean. Parking is easy.
- Nov. 05, 2021
I have been going to Dr. Neukirch for over 6 years and have been very happy. He is young, energetic,... confident and listens and I trust him very much. Phyllis, who takes care of the lenses and frames is very knowledgeable and very helpful.
- Oct. 16, 2021
Great bedside manner + speedy and efficient care and service = a great experience.
- Oct. 14, 2021
Always an outstanding visit to Carillon Vision Center. So glad it was recommended to me.
- Aug. 28, 2021
Everyone in the office is great and both doctors are super knowledgeable and have the latest in eye ... care technology!
- Aug. 26, 2021
Friendly staff. Ready to answer any questions and talk you through your exam and results.
- Aug. 26, 2021
Dr. Neukirch has been amazing with our daughter, Lucy in treating her myopia. He explained all the o... ptions, took time and care during all of our appointments. Very knowledgeable, patient, thorough, and kind. Couldn’t be happier!
- Aug. 13, 2021
Always incredibly professional, friendly, caring and helpful! All the Staff! All the time!! Thank yo... u!!!
- Aug. 02, 2021
Dr. DalPorto and the entire team at Carillon Vision Care are top notch. They are great with children... and adults alike, and my daughter especially loves visiting Leo, the office dog.
- Jul. 30, 2021
Knowledgeable and professional staff. Very nice office setting.
- Jul. 29, 2021
The service at carillion vision care is outstanding. Dr Neukirch is very professional and explains ... everything extremely well. Picking out new glasses was a breeze.

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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 Carillon Vision Care 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 Carillon Vision Care 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 Carillon Vision Care today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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