Vision Therapy in Palatine

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 Palatine

Our optometry practice in Palatine

Photograph of Leon  Kubicki
Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

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. 10, 2024
Dr. Kubicki is the best! He is very knowledgeable, explains the test he does slowly to make sure you... understand what is being doing, he takes his time, and I feel very confident with my eye health when I’m with Dr. Kubicki.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Helping continue to see clearly
- Nov. 16, 2023
Amazing experience all around with Dr and staff!! Highly recommended!!!
- Nov. 06, 2023
Very convenient location. Been a patient of Dr. Gerowitz for close to 40 years!
- Aug. 21, 2023
My daughter's first ever eye exam went extremely well because of the patient and friendly staff at t... his location. They took their time and helped her through the eye tests and she really loved the experience. Thank you for being so kind and caring cannot wait to return next year.
- Jul. 31, 2023
Dr. Kubicki is very personable and knowledgeable. We've been coming here for a couple years now and... the staff has always been good with kids and adults alike. Bring a book for the small book library (take a book, leave a book) out front in case you see a good one.
- Jun. 12, 2023
Highly recommend!
- May. 03, 2023
Great doctor, very professional and kind staff!
- Apr. 12, 2023
I have done Ortho-K for less than 4 months and my eyesight has been way better than ever!
- Feb. 13, 2023
The staff there is soo friendly, very helpful and courteous. They have the nicest frames for eyeglas... ses. I live in the City and always drive up to them every year for eye exam, personal eye wear and I even get my prescription safety glasses there. I highly recommend!
- Dec. 11, 2022
This is the doctor to go to if you need someone experienced. Gerowitz helped me with my dry eyes aft... er visiting him I no longer feel uncomfortability and irritation in my eye. He was very supportive and professional. Gerowitz saw the issue in my eye that other eye doctors could not spot. Incredibly greatfull for his service!
- Dec. 05, 2022
We got recommended to Dr. Robert Gerowitz due to some special format on my son's cornea. My son is a... n active athetic boy (snowboarding, ice hockey, biking, etc). My son has been using CRT lenses since he is 8 years old, but with the change in the cornea the CRT was not working. Dr. Gerowitz took his case with all attention and care. He was calm in dealing with a challenge situation. it took around 2-3 months of exams until Dr Gerowitz ordered the molds for my son. In a matter of weeks using the new molds my son got 20/20 vision. I am so pleased with Dr. Gerowitz. I strongly recommend him and his staff. Everyone is great! They understand urgency when there is one and work the best way to accommodate our needs. Thank Dr. Gerowitz for everything.
- Nov. 05, 2022
Dr.Kubicki and his staff are awesome. I love how easy and smooth it is to get an appointment and get... seen. Dr Kubicki really takes his time with his patients in getting them examined correctly and making it as most comfortable as possible for children!
- Jul. 15, 2022
My daughter is currently wearing ortho-k. Her eyes of progressively has gone better. During this fir... st week, she already has 20/20 vision which is very surprising. Before the procedure, she thought putting these lenses in your eyes would hurt and be really uncomfortable, but with the right technique it is super easy! Thank you Dr. Robert Gerowitz and the teams for what you do!
- Jul. 10, 2022
I have been coming here for years. And the Dr. Has always been friendly and helpful. The receptioni... st are always friendly. Loved coming here since the first time I came. I get both glasses and contacts here.
- Jun. 03, 2022
Excellent staff and services.
- May. 26, 2022
Dr. Gerowitz is amazing at what he does, he is very attentive and catches so many details that may b... e commonly overlooked. He has helped my daughter greatly. Recommend.
- May. 02, 2022
The staff is helpful, the location is convenient, and Dr. rob is excellent. My child has been in the... Ortho-K program for one month, and she got 20/20 after the first week.
- Apr. 04, 2022
Dr. Kubicki and his team are phenomenal, very professional, and friendly. I had brought my non-Engli... sh speaking grandma to the clinic and under Dr. Kubicki's care, she felt welcomed, respected, and most importantly, received the best care they could offer. Highly recommend this small business to support for your eye care needs!
- Mar. 31, 2022
Dr. Kubicki is the best! I can see everything now because of right prescription🙂 His exam was cor... rect and very attentive. Thank you so much.

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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 Eyecare of Palatine 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 Eyecare of Palatine 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 Eyecare of Palatine today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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