Myopia Increasing

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By 2050, almost 50% of the world will be myopic. That’s 5 billion people! One billion will be in the high myopia category. We want to help make sure that you and your family aren’t included in that number. Come in and see us.#myopia

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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Concussions on the Rise

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Concussions are on the rise. Visual problems arising from the brain trauma are often initially overlooked and may not even appear until awhile after the injury. Clinical studies indicate that between 50-90% of concussion patients suffer from visual dysfunctions. These symptoms include blurred vision, sensitivity to light, reading difficulty, headaches with visual tasks and eye movement difficulties. We are able to diagnose and treat brain injury-related eye changes, visual dysfunctions and visual processing deficits.

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

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Screen Time Guidelines

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The World Health Organization recently released screen time guidelines for children. Their guidelines state that CHILDREN LESS THAN 1 YEAR OF AGE should receive NO SCREEN TIME while children UNDER 5 YEARS should only spend AT MOST 1 HOUR in front of a screen.

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

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Amblyopia, Lazy Eye and School

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The authors of a clinical study concluded that treating amblyopia before entering formal schooling is a good idea because of amblyopia’s effect on peer-to-peer interactions and subsequent self-perception by the child with amblyopia.

First- and second-grade students with AMBLYOPIA in the clinical study showed significantly LOWER SELF-PERCEPTION OF PHYSICAL COMPETENCE as well as significantly LOWER PEER ACCEPTANCE than those children without amblyopia. In other words, the children with amblyopia thought more lowly of their own physical abilities and were less likely to be well-accepted by their peers.

Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment in children. 2 to 3 children out of every 100 have this condition. Amblyopia is an inability to see 20/20 despite wearing glasses and not having an organic eye disease. Active therapy is the best way to develop two eyes that work well together in synchrony. Patching alone will not accomplish this goal.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.

ADHD and Vision

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In a national survey involving more than 75,000 children across all fifty states, children WITH VISION PROBLEMS not correctable with glasses or contacts were 2X’s MORE LIKELY to be diagnosed with ADHD than children without vision problems not correctable with glasses or contacts. Interestingly, in another study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 40% of the children MEDICATED for ADHD actually met the formal criteria set forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition for diagnosing ADHD. In other words, potentially more than half of those kids who were being medicated did not even have ADHD. No one knows the exact cause of ADHD. Even the diagnosis of ADHD can be murky. Symptoms of ADHD and other conditions, including vision problems, can be strikingly similar. Does a child who is being medicated for ADHD actually need all of that medication, or does he/she have a different condition? That is a question that needs to be looked into further for every child thought to have ADHD.

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

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Women and Eye Disease

Women are more prone to eye disease. 67% of blindness and visual impairment occur in women according to a study by the University of Chicago. This higher prevalence of eye disease, per the National Institute of Health, is likely due to:

• women living longer than men
• women being at higher risk for autoimmune disorders
• women being more likely to undergo certain cancer treatments that affect the eyes
• normal age-related hormonal changes that affect the eyes

Regular eye exams, not just routine eye exams, that evaluate for specific eye diseases become increasingly important for women as they age.

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

References available upon request.

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Does improving vision improve academic performance?

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Can improving visual skills improve academic performance? That is the question that a clinical study involving 2nd grade students answered recently. Pre-therapy (before receiving therapy) and post-therapy (after receiving therapy) academic scores were taken. These are some of the findings:

• pre-therapy standardized reading and math scores were significantly HIGHER in the children who DID NOT HAVE VISUAL SKILLS DEFICITS than in the children who suffered from visual skills deficits

• visual skills deficits IMPROVED in the students who received therapy

• standardized math scores and reading scores IMPROVED in students who had received therapy compared to their pre-therapy scores

• post-therapy math scores IMPROVED to the point that there was no statistical difference between children who initially had visual skills deficits versus those who did not have visual skills deficits

• post-therapy standardized reading scores, though significantly improved, were not as high as the children who did not initially have visual skills deficits

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.

Myopia Management

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Myopia has traditionally been seen as one of the three types of refractive errors or “eyeglass prescriptions” – nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. However, recent research indicates that myopia should be classified as a disease or a risk factor for disease. This same research reveals that myopia increases a person’s risk for other eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, choroidal neovascularization and retinal detachment.

A research study by the National Eye Institute discovered that myopia increased 66% from the 1970’s to early 2000 in the United States. Myopia is expected to double by 2050, and high myopia is expected to increase by FIVE TIMES in that same timeframe. The higher the myopia, the greater the risk for developing other eye diseases.

Managing myopia, especially for children, will be critical during this time period. The good news is that there are options that can help reduce the progression of myopia. At this juncture there is no effective treatment that completely halts the progression of myopia once it starts. However, clinical studies and personal clinical experience show that the progression of this disease called myopia can be slowed down by, on average, 50%. Over the course of a child’s lifetime, that could be the difference between being a -6.00 versus a -3.00. Or, seen in a different light, it could be the difference between being at a 10 times greater risk versus 4 times greater risk of developing a retinal detachment.

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

References available upon request.

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Amblyopia or Lazy Eye

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Clinical studies indicate that children with amblyopia suffer from the following:

• Slower reading speed
• Worse fine motor skills
• Lower self-perception

Amblyopia is a condition in which the eyes are physically healthy, but because of an amblyogenic factor – high prescription, unequal prescription, form deprivation or strabismus – the eye never develops 20/20 eyesight. Consequently, amblyopia may hamper a child’s ability to showcase their knowledge, compete in physical activities and/or interact well socially.

If a child sees significantly better in one eye than another, then that child may be at risk for amblyopia. Active therapy is the best route to help the child develop use of both eyes in order to see comfortably and accurately. Patching will not accomplish that goal. We specialize in pediatric vision including amblyopia.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.