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.

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.

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Treat Myopia Early

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Myopia is a vision condition that increases your risk for other eye diseases like retinal tears, glaucoma and cataracts. 90% of myopia starts developing in early childhood. Take action to protect your child’s eyes โ€“ make an appointment today. #nearsightedness

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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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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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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Hyperopes vs. Myopes

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For your enjoyment, here are some interesting differences between hyperopes (“farsighted” people) and myopes (“nearsighted” people):

1) In a study involving male students, hyperopes were more likely to be interested in business skills and selling.
2) In another study involving military recruits, hyperopes weighed more and had a lower heart rate variability. A low heart rate has been associated with a poorer ability to adapt to stress.
3) In another study involving college students, hyperopes were found to be more extroverted.
4) Hyperopes have prescriptions that start with a (+) sign whereas myopes have prescriptions that start with a (-) sign.
5) Hyperopes have eyeglass lenses that are thicker in the center whereas myopes have eyeglass lenses that are thicker at the edges.
6) Hyperopes’ eyeglasses make their eyes look bigger whereas myopes’ eyeglasses make their eyes look smaller.
7) Hyperopes have contact lenses that are thicker in the middle, so their lenses are harder to handle and transmit less oxygen.
8) Laser vision correction is less stable for hyperopes.

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 Gaming Cause Worsening Nearsightedness?

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Parents often ask us, “What caused my child’s prescription to get worse? Is it because he’s playing too many video games?”. In a clinical study involving approximately 2000 children between the ages of 10 and 15 years, investigators discovered that computer use, video game use, reading and homework are NOT associated with worsening nearsightedness. In other words, the answer to parents’ question of whether too much time playing games on a digital device causes worsening myopia is, “No. It’s not quite that simple.” Investigators believe that worsening nearsightedness is likely due to a combination of factors in an individual rather than one “smoking gun”.

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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Screen Time For Kids

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SCREEN TIME and KIDS. Does screen time cause nearsightedness to get worse? Can you tell my son/daughter to stop playing games on his/her phone? Is screen time bad? These, and others like them, are common questions that parents ask us frequently. Follow us as we embark on a mini-series to investigate what’s true and what’s myth based on clinical research and personal experience working with many families and their children. Let others know about this. You, and they, will find it interesting and helpful. Here’s a starter:

The World Health Organization recommends that children between the ages of 5 to 17 years engage in moderate-to-vigorous exercise for one hour per day because of the health benefits to developing children. Interestingly, even this daily exercise does not reverse the negative effect of too much screen time. In a study involving over 1000 U.S. children ages 6 to 15 years of age who exercised at least 1 hour per day, more TV watching was still associated with worse physical strength.

Stay tuned for more.ย  Contact us at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

Recommendations for Nearsightedness

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If a normally-sighted child has two or more moderate risk factors for nearsightedness, then he/she should be evaluated every six months. If two or more risk factors are high, then active treatment to slow down the progression of myopia is recommended. If a child is already myopic, active treatment is recommended and he/she should be monitored every six months. Increasing nearsightedness not only requires thicker and thicker glasses, but it increases the risks of other eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinal holes and tears.

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