Dyslexia and More Vision

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In a recently published clinical study involving students between the ages of 7 to 11 years, investigators discovered that children with dyslexia exhibited more regressions and fixations than their typically-developed reading counterparts EVEN WHEN reading 1 YEAR BELOW their actual grade equivalent. In other words, even though they were reading text that was 1 year EASIER than what they were capable of reading, dyslexic children still showed WORSE regressions and fixations than their typically-developed reading counterparts. These worse fine eye movement patterns are representative of younger, or less accomplished, readers. The authors concluded that any child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia should have a visual skills evaluation in addition to a routine eye exam and a detailed literacy evaluation. Though not necessarily always causative, poor visual skills can be contributory to poor reading.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Hyperopes vs. Myopes

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For your enjoyment, here are some interesting differences between hyperopes (“farsighted” people) and myopes (“nearsighted” people):

1) In a study involving male students, hyperopes were more likely to be interested in business skills and selling.
2) In another study involving military recruits, hyperopes weighed more and had a lower heart rate variability. A low heart rate has been associated with a poorer ability to adapt to stress.
3) In another study involving college students, hyperopes were found to be more extroverted.
4) Hyperopes have prescriptions that start with a (+) sign whereas myopes have prescriptions that start with a (-) sign.
5) Hyperopes have eyeglass lenses that are thicker in the center whereas myopes have eyeglass lenses that are thicker at the edges.
6) Hyperopes’ eyeglasses make their eyes look bigger whereas myopes’ eyeglasses make their eyes look smaller.
7) Hyperopes have contact lenses that are thicker in the middle, so their lenses are harder to handle and transmit less oxygen.
8) Laser vision correction is less stable for hyperopes.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Dyslexia and Vision

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In a clinical study comparing the visual skills in students with developmental dyslexia versus those in normal readers, the authors concluded that “deficits in visual function [were] far more prevalent in school-aged children with developmental dyslexia than in typically developing readers”. Nearly 80% of children with developmental dyslexia suffered from visual skills dysfunction.

If your child is struggling with reading, it is imperative that you have his/her visual skills thoroughly evaluated. A yearly eye exam will not investigate these areas of the visual system. We specialize in visual skills that affect reading, writing and learning.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Blue Light Protection Link

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Scientists from the University of Toledo have discovered a reason behind why blue light damages retinal cells. Blue light activates a specific protein in the back of the eye. Activating this protein is like pressing a start button that initiates a chain of events that eventually leads to cell death. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk for macular degeneration.

Blue light protection should safeguard against ALL areas of blue light risk. A patient of ours recently told us about a colleague of his who was excited about his new blue light protection. This patient wanted to know whether this was something that he should try. We helped him look up the technical data of his friend’s blue light protection. His friend’s blue light protection only provided coverage for about 20% of the blue light range whereas what he was using with us provided safety against the entire range without sacrificing performance. Not all blue light protection is the same.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Recycle Old Contacts

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Raise your hand if you have done one of the following – dispose of contact lenses either via the shower, sink drain or toilet. Doing that is like flushing a Styrofoam cup down the toilet. Neither of them biodegrade readily. A clinical study by Arizona State University “did not observe any significant biodegradation of contact lenses in a full-scale wastewater treatment plant”. Approximately 44,000 pounds of contact lenses are found in wastewater treatment plants per year. Plus, approximately 25,000 pounds of contact lenses are deposited in landfills annually.

Join us in keeping our eyes as well as our ENVIRONMENT HEALTHY. Bring in your used contact lenses, blister packs and top foil to RECYCLE. We have partnered with an innovative recycling company that specializes in recycling hard-to-recycle materials. Together, we can have HEALTHY EYES and a HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

Smartphones in School

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A number of clinical studies indicate that people hold their smartphones closer to themselves than they would printed materials. The decreased distance increases strain on the focusing and eye coordination systems. Strain on the focusing and eye coordination systems has been shown to adversely affect reading, writing and learning.

Schools often encourage students to use their handheld technology to learn. In students who may already have an undiagnosed focusing and/or eye coordination dysfunction, this emphasis on handheld technology may actually be impeding their learning. Additionally, light emitted from digital devices increases eyestrain regardless of whether the user suffers from focusing and/or eye coordination dysfunction.

The solution is not to ban digital technology. In fact, these technologies can be helpful in many ways. Similar to taking the proper precautions when driving a motor vehicle, taking proactive steps when using digital devices is wise. Use these 3 checks to insure that your child is getting the most out of his/her technology for learning: 1) Check that he/she is using the most current prescription for viewing distance and near materials, 2) Check whether he/she is suffering from undiagnosed focusing and/or eye coordination problems if your child is struggling at school, and 3) Check that he/she is using the proper optical protection when in front of a digital device.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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LASIK Complications Sugar Land TX

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After LASIK, some patients may experience seeing double out of one eye, glare issues, decreased night vision and/or excessive halos at night. Standard contacts and glasses will not help. Even surgical options are limited. Specialty contact lens designs, though, can help restore visual quality in these complex cases.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Eye Injuries – Help is On the Way

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Eye trauma is a common cause of vision loss in children. One of the results of the injury is often poor eyesight due to a misshapen cornea. Standard glasses and contact lenses will not be able to correct this because of the irregular shape caused by the damage. However, specialty contact lens designs can help these patients see better and look better afterwards.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Smartphones

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Smartphones emit the highest amount of harmful blue light in a comparison of digital devices. The red curve in the graph represents smartphones. Blue light has been associated with increased risk for eye disorders and sleep disorders.

According to the 2016 Nielsen Company Audience Report, adults spend more than 10 hours per day using smartphones, tablets, personal computers, video games, DVDs, DVRs and/or TVs. Teens spend almost 9 hours per day consuming digital media according to the 2015 Common Sense Media Census. Tweens, between the ages of 8 and 12 years, spend approximately 6 hours every day interacting with digital media. Even children under the age of 8 years spend approximately 2 hours in front of a screen according to the same census.

Needless to say, blue light is a common environmental hazard that would benefit from proactive precautionary protection.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Does Gaming Cause Worsening Nearsightedness?

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Parents often ask us, “What caused my child’s prescription to get worse? Is it because he’s playing too many video games?”. In a clinical study involving approximately 2000 children between the ages of 10 and 15 years, investigators discovered that computer use, video game use, reading and homework are NOT associated with worsening nearsightedness. In other words, the answer to parents’ question of whether too much time playing games on a digital device causes worsening myopia is, “No. It’s not quite that simple.” Investigators believe that worsening nearsightedness is likely due to a combination of factors in an individual rather than one “smoking gun”.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

References available upon request.

Medical Disclaimer. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only.