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

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

References available upon request.

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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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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:

• Headaches with near work
• Words running together when reading
• Burning, itching or watery eyes
• Skipping/repeating lines when reading
• Head tilt/closing one eye when reading
• Difficulty copying from the board
• Avoiding near work/reading
• Omitting small words when reading
• Writing uphill or downhill
• Misaligning digits in columns
• Holds reading materials too closely
• Trouble maintaining attention when reading
• Difficulty completing assignments on time
• Always says, “I can’t” even before trying
• Clumsy, knocks things over
• Loses things/belongings
• 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 Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

References available upon request.

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

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Back to School, Vision and Academic Success

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In a clinical study involving 4th and 5th grade students who had eyesight worse than 20/25, more than 60% of those students suffered from reading difficulties.

Reading is the primary route of learning in school, and 80% of what a child learns first filters through the visual system. Screenings at nurses’ and pediatricians’ offices can miss up to 50% of the visual problems that affect reading, writing and learning.

A yearly eye exam is recommended for every child entering school. In children who are struggling with academics, a more in-depth visual skills exam is needed to investigate how the eyes, brain and entire visual system are working. These visual skills – eye coordination, focusing, fine eye movements, etc… – affect academics. Not every eye doctor – optometrist or ophthalmologist – tests and treats visual skills. With school just right around the corner, start with a yearly eye exam, and then if needed, follow-up with a thorough visual skills exam.

For more information, 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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Optometric Vision Therapy Near Me and Reading

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• Students with worse eye movements also showed worse reading fluency and comprehension

• Improved eye movements through vision therapy led to improved fluency and comprehension

• Treatment in the fall led to more improvements compared to treatment in the spring

Reading is the primary route of learning in school. Students who read proficiently in 3rd grade are more likely to graduate from high school and achieve greater economic success. On the flipside, poor reading has been associated with behavioral and social problems in schools. If a child does not read at grade level by 4th grade, his/her future of success is at risk.

Reading requires a complex array of skills to work in concert – language, attention, information processing, vision and eye movements. Eye movements are an important part of the physical act of reading. Poor eye movements can lead to slow reading which decreases fluency. In turn, poor fluency adversely affects reading comprehension. An apt analogy would be riding a bicycle. In order to ride successfully, you need to build up a certain amount of speed; otherwise, you will fall off of the bicycle. Fluency affects reading comprehension in a similar manner, and eye movements influence fluency.

In a study involving more than six hundred elementary students across two different states, improvements in eye movements through optometric vision therapy was shown to improve fluency and comprehension compared to reading skills instruction alone. The treatment group on average showed 50% more improvement in fluency and 300% more improvement in comprehension than the group that did not receive therapy. This improvement held true even in the “high-needs” group which showed pre-treatment fluency at the 26th percentile compared to the 67th percentile for the rest of the students and pre-treatment comprehension at the 40th percentile compared to the 63rd percentile for the rest of the students.

We specialize in optometric vision therapy and its effects on academics. 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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Dyslexia

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Reading requires a complex array of skills to work in concert. When one or a combination of these processes do not work in harmony, then reading becomes a struggle. Eye movements are an important component in reading – both in dyslexics and non-dyslexics.

Clinical studies indicate that up to 70% of dyslexics have significantly worse eye movements than their normally-reading counterparts. Research also shows that eye movements can be improved through training. One study showed that 80% of its dyslexic subjects improved their eye movements by the end of the study.

Even more excitingly, these studies show that improvements in eye movements in dyslexics can transfer to improvements in reading. In one study, dyslexics showed a 50% decrease in reading errors after targeted eye movement training.

Of course, eye movements are not the only factor contributing to reading struggles. However, improving one of the contributing factors may go a long way in helping students who struggle with reading.

For more information, contact Dr. Edward Fong and Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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in reading and visual search: a developmental study in typical reader and
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Tiadi A, Gerard CL, Peyre H, Bui-Quoc E, et al. Immaturity of visual fixations
in dyslexic children. Front Hum Neurosci 2016;10:58.

Bucci MP, Nassibi N, Gerard CL, Bui-Quoc E. Immaturity of the oculomotor
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Fischer B, Hartnegg K. Saccade control in dyslexia: development, deficits, training and transfer to reading. Optom Vis Dev 2008;39(4):181-90.

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