Screen Time Guidelines

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The World Health Organization recently released screen time guidelines for children. Their guidelines state that CHILDREN LESS THAN 1 YEAR OF AGE should receive NO SCREEN TIME while children UNDER 5 YEARS should only spend AT MOST 1 HOUR in front of a screen.

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

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ADHD and Vision

 

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In a national survey involving more than 75,000 children across all fifty states, children WITH VISION PROBLEMS not correctable with glasses or contacts were 2X’s MORE LIKELY to be diagnosed with ADHD than children without vision problems not correctable with glasses or contacts. Interestingly, in another study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 40% of the children MEDICATED for ADHD actually met the formal criteria set forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition for diagnosing ADHD. In other words, potentially more than half of those kids who were being medicated did not even have ADHD. No one knows the exact cause of ADHD. Even the diagnosis of ADHD can be murky. Symptoms of ADHD and other conditions, including vision problems, can be strikingly similar. Does a child who is being medicated for ADHD actually need all of that medication, or does he/she have a different condition? That is a question that needs to be looked into further for every child thought to have ADHD.

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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:

• 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

• visual skills deficits IMPROVED in the students who received therapy

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

• 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

• post-therapy standardized reading scores, though significantly improved, were not as high as the children who did not initially have visual skills deficits

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Amblyopia or Lazy Eye

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• Slower reading speed
• Worse fine motor skills
• 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.

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Smartphones and Children

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Smartphones affect your child more than you might think. Watch this interesting report from NBC 26 in Green Bay, Wisconsin on the effects of smartphones on children.

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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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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”.

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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.

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