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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Back-to-School Fort Bend ISD

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Children with eye coordination dysfunction (this is not referring to an eye turn/strabismus) scored higher on a parent survey about poor academic performance compared to children without eye coordination difficulties. In other words, children with eye coordination dysfunction had more academic concerns than children without eye coordination dysfunction. The following were the questions asked on the parent survey:

• How often does your child have difficulty completing assignments at school?
• How often does your child have difficulty completing homework?
• How often does your child avoid or say he/she does not want to do tasks that require reading or close work?
• How often does your child fail to give attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork or homework?
• How often do you worry about your child’s school performance?

Eye coordination dysfunction can be successfully treated.

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

References available upon request.

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Standardized Tests and Vision

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Scantron test forms are prevalent across schools. Vision problems can make it more difficult for some students to achieve their full academic success on these forms. A recent study showed that children with amblyopia or strabismus required approximately 30% LONGER TO COMPLETE multiple choice answer sheets. In addition, other studies show that amblyopia also SLOWS DOWN READING SPEED.

The authors of the study concluded that amblyopia and strabismus can hinder students from achieving their full academic success on timed, standardized tests. Amblyopia and strabismus can be successfully treated.

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

References available upon request.

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ADHD and Eye Movements

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Improving eye movements has been shown to improve ADHD symptoms. In a clinical study involving children between the ages of 8 and 13 years, therapy to improve eye movements resulted in improved ADHD symptoms. Parent-reported scores on the K-ARS (Korea ADHD Rating Scale) dropped from an average of 23.25 before therapy to an average of 17.13 after therapy. A score of ≥ 19 on the K-ARS diagnoses symptomatic ADHD.

If your child is suspected of having ADHD, treating any underlying eye movement deficit can improve their symptoms, quality of life and academic progress. For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Keeping an Eye on ADHD

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Eye movements have been shown to be an accurate, objective way to diagnose ADHD in children. In a recently published study, eye movement testing was able to diagnose ADHD accurately in approximately 96% of children.

Traditionally, there has not been a single objective test to diagnose ADHD. Rather, ADHD has been diagnosed through questionnaires and symptoms criteria set forth by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. These questionnaires have shown an accuracy of approximately 78%.

If your child is suspected of having ADHD, research and clinical experience indicate that thoroughly evaluating their eye movements is wise. Doing so can help confirm diagnosis. In addition, improving eye movements has been shown to improve ADHD symptoms without the use of medications.

For more information, 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.

ADHD, Back to School and Performance

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In this research study, students who were ALREADY diagnosed with ADHD were given office-based visual skills therapy. After the therapy, symptoms such as loss of place while reading, needing to re-read, reading slowly, loss of concentration, trouble remembering what was read IMPROVED significantly. In addition, these students’ attention scores IMPROVED after therapy as tested by the Conners 3 ADHD Index. The research team concluded that visual skills problems affect attention and can contribute to behavioral and academic problems.

Does your child have difficulty maintaining his/her attention when asked to do schoolwork? Is your child seemingly bright, but not showing it academically? Visual skills may be playing a role in this. If so, office-based visual skills therapy can help. Schedule a visual skills exam in addition to a yearly eye exam.

For more information, contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

 

Back to School, Vision and Attention

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Here are the results of a clever study: Students who DID NOT have ADHD or visual skills problems, were temporarily MADE TO HAVE a visual skills problem by the research team. Their sustained attention dropped significantly as tested by the Conners CPT compared to before they were made to have a visual skills problem. The research team concluded that visual skills affect sustained attention and that visual skills problems often compound the symptoms of inattention.

Does your child lose concentration easily when asked to read, write or complete near-work? Visual skills might be playing a role in his/her inattention. Schedule a visual skills exam in addition to a yearly eye exam.

For more information, contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

 

 

School and Your Eyes

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1 in 10 children suffer from a vision problem that affects academics. School and pediatrician screenings only check for the ability to see the board clearly. However, 80% of learning occurs through the eyes, and screenings only check one small part of vision. For example, undetected farsightedness, undetected astigmatism, poor eye-focusing skills, inaccurate eye coordination skills and imprecise fine eye movements can all contribute to reading difficulties. If your child is struggling with school, take time out to check her vision. Start first with a yearly eye exam, and then if necessary, schedule a full-fledged visual skills exam that will evaluate the entire visual system and how it may be affecting your child.

For more information, please contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

ADHD and Vision Problems

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Children with vision problems that are not correctable with glasses or contacts are two times more likely to have ADHD according to a new study involving more than 75,000 children between the ages of 4 and 17 years old. Estimates indicate that 1 in 10 children are diagnosed with ADHD. There is no known single cause of ADHD, but there are multiple associated factors including a variety of vision problems. If your child suffers from ADHD, schedule a yearly eye exam and a visual skills exam for him. A visual skills exam is different than a yearly eye exam.

For more information, please contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

Better Visual Skills = Better Attention

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Visual skills affect attention. Another recent study showed that students with poorer visual skills showed a significantly worse score on a test of attention. On the flipside, the study also showed that students with significantly better visual skills scored significantly better on that same test of attention. The ability to focus attention affects our ability to ignore distractions in order to do something of more importance. If your child is struggling with academics and is exhibiting signs of attentional issues, then have your child’s visual skills checked. A visual skills evaluation is different than a yearly eye exam.

For more information, please contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.