Hyperopia Decreases Reading Skills by Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development

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Students with normal eyesight, healthy eyes and above average reading skills were made to temporarily have hyperopia. These students were then asked to take a standardized reading test as well as a standardized information processing test. Hyperopia is one of the common eyeglass prescriptions.

Reading comprehension scores DECREASED by 21%, or the equivalent of TWO LETTER GRADES, after the students were made to be HYPEROPIC. Information processing, an important cognitive skill needed in word recognition and other learning activities, DECREASED by 25%.

Hyperopia is often missed on vision screenings at schools and pediatricians’ offices. Before your child goes back to school, come in for an eye exam to make sure that he/she does not have hyperopia that can hinder academic performance.

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For more information, contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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