Back to School and Vision Exams – Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor

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โ€ข 1 out of every 4 students suffers from a visual dysfunction that affects reading, writing and learning.

โ€ข 6 out of every 10 kids who struggle with learning have an undiagnosed vision problem that is contributing to their struggles.

โ€ข 17 visual skills are needed for efficient reading and learning.

A yearly eye exam, and if needed, a comprehensive visual skills exam will help prepare your student for school this year.

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

Importance of Managing Myopia Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Pediatric Eye Doctor

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๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜:

โ€ข A 6-year old who is already myopic with a prescription of -0.50 is estimated to progress to a prescription of approximately -6.75 by the time he/she is 17. Myopia often increases until the age of 20-22 years old.

โ€ข By actively slowing the progression of this 6-year oldโ€™s myopia, it is estimated that his/her prescription would progress to approximately -3.75 instead.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ -๐Ÿฒ.๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฑ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜-๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€:

โ€ข Risk of bleeding in the back middle of the eye increases by more than 40 times

โ€ข Risk of a tear in the back of the eye increases by more than 21 times

โ€ข Risk of cataracts increases by more than 5 times

โ€ข Risk of glaucoma increases by 2.5 times

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ -๐Ÿฏ.๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฑ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜-๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€:

โ€ข Risk of bleeding in the back middle of the eye increases by more than 9 times

โ€ข Risk of a tear in the back of the eye increases by 9 times

โ€ข Risk of cataracts increases by 3 times

โ€ข Risk of glaucoma increases by 2.5 times

๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ-๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜:

โ€ข Slowing the progression of myopia can make a significant impact on sight-threatening risks later in life.

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

Myopia Control – Nearsightedness, Cataracts and More by Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor

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Myopia is due to the excessive lengthening of the back of the eye which leads to nearsightedness and significantly increases the risk for diseases that can lead to blindness.ย  Recent research indicates that by 2050:

  • 50% of the world will be myopic
  • 1 billion people will be afflicted with high myopia

Successfully controlling the progression of myopia involves monitoring both the childโ€™s prescription and his/her eyeball length (also known as axial length).ย  By the time a child is 5 years of age, his/her axial length will already be that of an average adult.ย  As the child continues to age, if the axial length continues to increase, so does his/her risk of myopia and its subsequent risk factors of:

  • bleeding in the back of the eye
  • holes and tears in the back of the eye
  • cataracts
  • glaucoma
  • nearsightedness

At your childโ€™s next eye exam, ask to be tested for both his/her prescription and axial length.

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

Vision Therapy Success Sugar Land – Improving Reading, Headaches and Learning

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This young lady finished our therapy program, and her mother kindly wanted to share this with others:

“My daughter is in third grade. She has always been a good reader but would always refuse to read. We could not keep up on her reading assignments at school. I read some symptoms of vision problems in children and asked my daughter if she had any of them. She said yes, especially headaches. I also noticed that she would turn her head sideways to look at things like the t.v. We went to Dr. Fong and got her special glasses with a prism while she was doing vision therapy. Her headaches have stopped and she now reads willingly. She also can now read without the glasses. Don’t hesitate to get your child tested and to ask them questions if they refuse to read, even though they can. My daughter enjoyed seeing Dr. Fong for her vision therapy appointments. I am so happy that she had vision therapy with Dr. Fong! It has made a huge difference.”

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Myopia, Nearsightedness – Are We Talking About the Same Thing?

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What is myopia?ย  Is it the same thing as nearsightedness? Those two terms are often used interchangeably, but are they truly the same?

Nearsightedness is typically defined as an inability to see objects that are at a distance clearly.ย  Myopia also makes seeing objects at a distance difficult.ย  However, can you have myopia without nearsightedness?

The answer to the above question is โ€œyesโ€.ย  Think about what happens after laser vision correction, or LASIK.ย  The patient will no longer need glasses or contacts to see distant objects clearly.ย  Therefore, that patient will no longer be nearsighted.ย  However, he will still by myopic.

Myopia is the excessive lengthening of the eyeball, and has multiple consequences.ย  One of the better known results is the need for glasses or contacts in order to see clearly.ย  Yet, there are other repercussions as well.ย  Increasing myopia increases a personโ€™s risk for vision threatening conditions such as retinal tears, myopic maculopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.

LASIK can fix nearsightedness.ย  LASIK, though, cannot fix myopia โ€“ once myopic, always myopic.ย  This is why itโ€™s important to slow down the progression of myopia in children.

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

References available upon request.

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Open During COVID-19 Coronavirus for Eye Exams – Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor, Bright Eye Care & Vision Development

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We will also begin seeing non-emergency patients starting April 27, 2020. To protect against COVID-19, we will:

โ€ข require wearing of protective masks

โ€ข require non-patients and non-parents to wait outside of the office

โ€ข disinfect each frame that has been tried on between each patient

โ€ข require use of hand disinfectant by each patient before trying on frames

โ€ข disinfect all equipment before each patient

โ€ข disinfect all exam rooms and patient waiting areas after each patient encounter

โ€ข check temperature of each patient who enters the office

โ€ข ask that each person practice coughing and sneezing etiquette

โ€ข postpone a non-emergency appointment for 14 days if the patient has had a fever, had upper respiratory symptoms, has been in close proximity to someone who has had a fever or upper respiratory symptoms, has traveled to a COVID-19 hot zone within the past 14 days or has been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

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

Anxiety, Dizziness, Headaches: A Common Overlooked Cause and Treatment – Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor

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ANXIETY. DIZZINESS. HEADACHES

These conditions are common and often co-exist. There are multiple potential causes for these three conditions, but recent clinical studies indicate that ONE COMMON CAUSE is often being OVERLOOKED.

Treatment of an eye condition has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety, dizziness and/or headaches.ย  One of these studies asked participants to complete questionnaires pertaining to the conditions โ€“ the Headache Disability Inventory, the Dizziness Handicap Inventory, the Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale โ€“ before and after treatment.

RESULTS after treatment showed the following effect size:

  • Almost 70% of people who do not receive treatment would score worse on the Headache Inventory than those who receive treatment
  • Approximately 76% of people who do not receive treatment would score worse on the Dizziness Inventory than those who receive treatment
  • About 80% of people who do not receive treatment would score worse on the Anxiety inventory than those who receive treatment

The studyโ€™s authors concluded that patients suffering from these conditions, especially those who have not experienced significant improvement with standard treatments, should be evaluated for this eye condition.

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

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.

COVID-19 Coronavirus and Contact Lenses – Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor

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There has been a lot of misinformation spread regarding COVID-19 and CONTACT LENSES.

The only reason that some people say to not wear contacts is because they’re afraid that your hands might have coronavirus on them. These people say that since your eyes are on your face you might touch and scratch your face thus creating an opening for the virus. Though this is theoretically possible, it’s highly improbable. It would be like doctors telling all of their diabetic patients not to take their diabetes medications because they might have coronavirus on their hands, and that they might lick their hands as they drop the pills into their mouths – theoretically possible, but highly improbable. Most doctors aren’t concerned about this. Even if you are, as long as you’re washing your hands like you’re supposed to, you’re not going to catch COVID-19 from just wearing contacts. To date, there have been no studies showing that you can catch COVID-19 through your eyes, and scientists have actually conducted studies looking for this specific route of infection.

It is safe to wear contacts during this time as long as you are following the typical contact lens hygiene recommendations.

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

Coronavirus increases digital learning: How you can protect your child’s eyes. Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor

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Students will be spending even more time on their devices now that schools are shifting to ONLINE LEARNING because of the CORONAVIRUS. DIGITAL DEVICE USE of more than two hours will:
โ€ข Increase atrophy of glands in the eyes
โ€ข Increase eyestrain, redness, blurry vision, headaches and back/shoulder/neck pain
โ€ข Increase the risk for developing macular degeneration, cataracts, eyestrain and sleep difficulties
You can protect your childโ€™s eyes by:
โ€ข Making sure that he does not have even small amounts of uncorrected astigmatism or hyperopia. Both of these conditions have been shown to cause eyestrain when using digital devices. An updated eyeglass prescription will help with this if needed.
โ€ข Making sure that she does not under-focus her eyes when looking at the computer. Under-focusing increases eyestrain and headaches. An updated eyeglass prescription will help with this if needed
โ€ข Making sure that he/she wears the optimal protection against computer light. Not all products that claim to protect against digital light protects the same amount. In fact, some products, though technically protective, hardly protect at all. Other products, on the other hand, will distort the accuracy of vision.

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

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.

COVID-19 Sugar Land TX – Controlling Spread of Coronavirus for Our Patients

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We are dedicated to doing our best to provide a safe and healthy environment for our patients and staff. While efforts to contain COVID-19 in Sugar Land and Houston continue to evolve, we have taken proactive and voluntary steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our office.

We have increased the frequency of disinfecting exam rooms, waiting areas, pens, restrooms and anything else that is frequently touched. We are making hand sanitizers readily available to patients and their family members. We will also call or text you when we are ready for you if you would like to wait in your car.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.