Vision Therapy in San Tan Ranch

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 San Tan Ranch

Our optometry practice in San Tan Ranch

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • 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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- Dec. 28, 2023
Great place for eye care! Friendly staff and reasonable prices!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Friendly staff.
- Dec. 10, 2023
Staff is super friendly and Dr Ng is awesome
- Nov. 10, 2023
Dr. Stott is excellent! The staff is friendly and efficient. I will not go to any other eye doctor.
- Oct. 01, 2023
Great with kids!! Fast service.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Excellent service, Jeff is honest and patient with frame selection too!
- Aug. 17, 2023
Dr. Kyle Stott and the staff at this office are wonderful! They were very thorough and patient with... all my questions during my eye exam, and when picking out new glasses. I am so thankful I found this office in our neighborhood!
- Jul. 07, 2023
The staff is super helpful!
- Jun. 07, 2023
Dr Stott is amazing. He is very patient and understanding. The staff is very friendly.
- May. 17, 2023
Everyone is very professional and friendly. They are experts at glasses and got me exactly the right... style and prescription.
- Apr. 30, 2023
Dr Scott is awesome! Best Eye Doctor in the Valley!
- Apr. 07, 2023
Always friendly, efficient, and on time.
- Mar. 14, 2023
Everyone at 20/20 image is so sweet, Friendly, and patient. They deserve 10 stars. If you are decidi... ng between Oasis Visions and 20/20 image, do not go to Oasis.
- Feb. 01, 2023
The doctor and staff actuality care about your needs and experience
- Jan. 31, 2023
The staff at this location are so fantastic - knowledgeable, friendly, and they know what they’re ... doing. Dr. Stott has been more helpful than any doctor I’ve ever seen. He actually diagnosed my dry eyes and helped to make it better - he didn’t just shove plugs in like every other doctor I’ve been to! He also (along with the staff) hooked me up with multi-focal contacts that work! My last doctor told me I was stuck with glasses, unless I wanted to wear contacts for distance, and reading glasses for near and mid-distance. (Was he even aware of multi-focal contacts??) I’m so happy. Like, SOOOO happy!!! What a fantastic place. I’d bear hug everyone there, if it wasn’t weird to do so.
- Jan. 07, 2023
Amazing doctor and staff
- Dec. 30, 2022
20/20 has delivered me the best pair of glasses of my life, TWICE now. I walked out of there being a... ble to see leaves on trees down the block!
- Oct. 12, 2022
The doctor and staff were all wonderful with my child. The doctor explained everything to me that he... was doing, was very thorough during the exam and helped me understand the need for glasses. The woman at the front desk helped me choose the glasses and decide which would be best, was very helpful and incredibly sweet and patient with my one year old. I am so glad I chose this business and will continue using them for myself and family!
- Oct. 05, 2022
For eye exams and contact fittings both Dr. Stott and Dr. Ng are great doctors. The staff in the of... fice are friendly and helpful, and I actually think they have continued to become more helpful and friendly over the 4-5 years I have been going to this office. Getting glasses at this office can be an adventure though - getting glasses for my grandmother took a long time with communication hiccups and the factory breaking the frames. I have seen other customers come in with similar issues. But if you are someone needing and eye exam or contacts then you shouldn't have any issues!
- Aug. 31, 2022
This is one of the best opticians around Gilbert with better appointment and good customer service a... nd referral.

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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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert 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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert 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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert today to understand the specific costs and coverage options.

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