Back to School Sugar Land Eye Doctor, Eye Exam, Optometrists, Professionals. Dr. Edward Fong, Bright Eye Care & Vision Development

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🏫 Back-to-School Announcement:

πŸ‘“ Hyperopia, one of the three possible eyeglass prescriptions, is associated with lower academic performance.

πŸ”Ž Vision screenings do not reliably detect hyperopia according to a study involving twenty-one schools. Another research study discovered that vision screenings miss 40% of required referrals. Many children with academically-significant hyperopia can pass a school or pediatrician vision screening.

πŸ‘¨ 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land 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.

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In order for one to understand how grateful I am to have found the…

From a patient’s family:

In order for one to understand how grateful I am to have found the solution to my son’s problem, I have to tell the entire story. My son had been having serious issues with skipping words when writing and spelling. The teachers at his school stated that he may have dysgraphia. They weren’t particularly concerned in correcting it at the moment, since he was in 3rd grade, and writing was not going to be significant on the 3rd grade STAAR test.

With a lot of advocating, the school brought someone in to help him write when the class had writing exercises. Unfortunately, he didn’t qualify for a 504/IEP. I was afraid that the ‘helper’ who was working with him was doing most of the work for him because he was unable to reproduce the work that he was doing at school with the helper at home.

I took my son to a writing tutor, two OT’s, and had a consultation with a psychiatric neurologist (charging $3000 for a diagnosis only, no therapy only a referral to a therapist and then more money). The writing tutor and the OT just flat out could not help him. In fact, one OT just gave up. At our last visit, she gave me some exercises to do with him and we were left alone to figure out the problem.

For the beginning of 4th grade, I decided to put him in a private school with smaller classroom sizes (15 students). The teacher worked closely with me regarding my son’s writing issues. One day she called me and said that she thought something was wrong with his vision because whenever he read he tilted his head a little bit too much. I expressed this to the second OT and she said that witnessed the same thing. She advised me to take him to vision therapy.

I researched and found Dr. Fong in Sugar Land. His staff was amazing and gave me a briefing of what to expect. Dr. Fong took him as a patient and did testing. He found that my son had deficiencies in his spatial ability. He also discussed with me that when my child was reading, the words appeared as if they are jumping around the page. There were a few other deficiencies as well. I decided to go with Dr. Fong after looking into and trying many avenues.

Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. This was a process and in the beginning and even toward the middle I was wondering if this was going to work. I trusted the process and we kept pushing. Eventually, I saw his spelling improve. Approximately 3-4 months into treatment, his teacher called me and said that he was writing fluently with no hesitation.

Here are a couple of things to note…my son, although he can write manually, he does better with the keyboard. The teacher allows him to bring his keyboard to class. As far as focus, the school has allowed him to wear headphones with music to block out distractions when he has to do assignments in class. He’s always been bright and had good grades. Now, I can see him becoming more independent since vision therapy with Dr. Fong.

I am forever grateful to Dr. Fong and his amazing staff!

Dr. Lori Lumpkin-Jones

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Improve Academics

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😯 Up to 94% of people with Learning Difficulties have Eye Movement Problems.

In a clinical study, πŸ‘©β€πŸ« teachers πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« were asked to RATE whether students showed IMPROVEMENT in reading performance, overall academic performance and self-confidence AFTER THERAPY.
πŸŽ‰ 72% improved in reading, 63% improved in overall academic performance and 90% improved in self-confidence after therapy per the teachers. πŸŽ‰

If a child is struggling at school, please have their eye movements and other visual skills evaluated. These problems are not investigated in a yearly eye exam and are not corrected by traditional eyeglasses.

For more information, contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land 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.

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:

β€’ 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

β€’ visual skills deficits IMPROVED in the students who received therapy

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

β€’ 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

β€’ 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.

Amblyopia or Lazy Eye

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

β€’ Slower reading speed
β€’ Worse fine motor skills
β€’ 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Dyslexia, Reading Disability and Vision

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Students who experience the following vision-related symptoms were shown to have more academic difficulties according to a clinical study involving elementary school children:

β€’ Headaches with near work
β€’ Words running together when reading
β€’ Burning, itching or watery eyes
β€’ Skipping/repeating lines when reading
β€’ Head tilt/closing one eye when reading
β€’ Difficulty copying from the board
β€’ Avoiding near work/reading
β€’ Omitting small words when reading
β€’ Writing uphill or downhill
β€’ Misaligning digits in columns
β€’ Holds reading materials too closely
β€’ Trouble maintaining attention when reading
β€’ Difficulty completing assignments on time
β€’ Always says, β€œI can’t” even before trying
β€’ Clumsy, knocks things over
β€’ Loses things/belongings
β€’ Forgetful/poor memory

If a child is struggling at school and he/she is experiencing any of the above, then a visual skills evaluation would be recommended. A routine eye exam would not uncover undiagnosed visual skills problems that may be contributing to that child’s academic struggles.

For more information, 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.

Overlooked Risks at School

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Aside from backpacks, pencils, papers and other school supplies, have you also provided protection for your child from the long-term environmental dangers lurking in classrooms and hallways? Digital light and energy-efficient lighting in schools increase risks for macular degeneration, eyestrain, sleep disturbances and cataracts. Clinical studies, in fact, indicate that children absorb more of this harmful light. Symptoms of eyestrain include sore and irritated eyes and difficulty focusing.

For more information, 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.