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

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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.

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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.

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Concussion Duration and Treatment in Sugar Land, TX

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The most common initial symptoms after suffering a concussion are headache, dizziness and fatigue. However, other secondary symptoms often develop afterwards that affect emotional status and cognitive ability. The time course of these symptoms can be debilitating for students. According to a study involving almost 300 students between the ages of 11 to 22 years, one week after injury:

• more than two-thirds still suffered from headache
• a majority still complained about poor concentration, dizziness, fatigue and taking longer to think
• more than 40% still struggled with forgetfulness, light sensitivity and noise sensitivity.

Various studies have shown that eye movements are intimately affected post-concussion. Research also shows that improving eye movements will help improve concussion symptoms. A study involving college athletes even showed that improving eye movements helped reduce the incidence of concussions.

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

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Screen Time and Obesity

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Children ages 2-4 years who watched at least 2 hours of TV daily were significantly more likely to be obese according to a study conducted between 2009 and 2012. In another study involving over 1000 children ages 10-14 years, children who had 2-3 hours of screen time per day, regardless of whether it was for homework purposes or leisure, were significantly more likely to be obese. Yet another large-scale study showed that increased screen time was associated with increased risk of being overweight and increased consumption of high-fat/high-sugar foods. For more information, contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

More Screen Time and Kids

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MORE SCREEN TIME and KIDS. Increased screen time at a young age has been associated with decreased gross motor skills development. One study reported that TV viewing at 29 months of age was associated with subsequent lower gross motor skills development at 65 months of age.

In addition, high screen time in early adolescence has been associated with more headaches and backaches. Furthermore, physical activity does not appear to improve those physical maladies. The effects of screen time on physical problems is believed to be cumulative. For more information and to have your child’s vision evaluated, contact us at http://www.brighteyeandvision.com

Dry Eyes and Kids

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DRY EYES and KIDS. One of the results of smartphone or computer use in children, regardless of whether it’s for academics or for play, is dry eye disease. In a study involving more than 900 students, clinicians discovered that smartphone or computer use was strongly associated with dry eye disease. Staring at screens increases the thickness of the tear film thereby leading to dry eye disease in students. The long-term risks of dry eye disease include increased risk of eye infections, damage to the front surface of the eye and difficulty performing every day tasks like reading and writing. For more information and to have your child’s eyes evaluated, contact us at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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.  Contact us at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.