Vision Therapy in Chandler

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 Chandler

Our optometry practice in Chandler

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • 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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- May. 05, 2024
Great team of doctors and staff, suprisingly lower cost than I expected and great selection!
- Apr. 18, 2024
Friendly, knowledgeable staff with a large selection of frames.
- Jan. 03, 2024
Dr. Milita waived an optical scan payment when a dilation procedure wouldn’t take. I found out th... ere is some abnormal issue with one eye but she assured me everything would turn out fine. She also recommended I get a second opinion if I choose to do so, which no eye care let alone health care provider has ever instilled in me. Great service and care all around.
- Dec. 21, 2023
Convenient, professional and respectful service.
- Nov. 14, 2023
Awesome visit
- Nov. 13, 2023
Employees and the selection of frames are great!
- Oct. 25, 2023
Fast and efficient service coupled with a sizable selection of glass frames and lenses.
- Aug. 23, 2023
The best place and great customer service!!
- Aug. 22, 2023
So helpful, quick , knowledgeable
- Aug. 18, 2023
Had a miscommunication with staff but management was able to right the situation and ended up refund... ing me what I thought I was owed. Optometrist is wonderful. Great place to go.
- Aug. 18, 2023
John and Tamara are amazing!! My husband and I were educated and treated like family which far excee... ded our eye exam visits in the past.
- Aug. 04, 2023
Have always had great service at this location.
- Aug. 01, 2023
Very knowledgeable and helpful 👌
- Jul. 31, 2023
This is a great clinic for diagnostic. I'm very happy with the end results.
- Jun. 02, 2023
All staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
- Apr. 23, 2023
Smooth process from beginning to end! I found all of the team members to be approachable, friendly,... and professional. Dr. Petrauskaite was extremely knowledgeable and able to give me an exact prescription to manage my post-operative vision needs. Soooooooo, the first time around, I was not happy with the way my glasses turned out (entirely my fault, when ordering 😳)! Thomas D. was gracious and empathetic towards my debacle, and the manager was understanding enough to allow the remake of the 2nd pair, which ultimately fulfilled my needs... I am truly appreciative and will absolutely recommend 20/20 Image Eye Centers to my friends and colleagues, moving forward! 🤗
- Apr. 04, 2023
Dr. Petrauskaite is amazing! Staff is very friendly.
- Mar. 09, 2023
I had a really good visit. I like the fact they were not just trying to get money but they made sure... everything was within my budget. They were not pushy trying to get me to get expensive frames but were able to find similar styles that were within my budget. The doctor was professional and pleasant. I didn’t have to wait at all for my appointment they took me right in the back to get started. I will make this my new eye doctor while living in Arizona.
- Mar. 03, 2023
Good Experience
- Feb. 25, 2023
Tamara and Denise were beyond fantastic, extremely helpful and we would recommend this place to anyo... ne!!!

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

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