Back to School and Vision Exams – Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor

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โ€ข 1 out of every 4 students suffers from a visual dysfunction that affects reading, writing and learning.

โ€ข 6 out of every 10 kids who struggle with learning have an undiagnosed vision problem that is contributing to their struggles.

โ€ข 17 visual skills are needed for efficient reading and learning.

A yearly eye exam, and if needed, a comprehensive visual skills exam will help prepare your student for school this year.

For more information, contact Dr. Edward Fong and the doctors at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development in Sugar Land, Texas.

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.

Vision Therapy Success Sugar Land – Improving Reading, Headaches and Learning

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This young lady finished our therapy program, and her mother kindly wanted to share this with others:

“My daughter is in third grade. She has always been a good reader but would always refuse to read. We could not keep up on her reading assignments at school. I read some symptoms of vision problems in children and asked my daughter if she had any of them. She said yes, especially headaches. I also noticed that she would turn her head sideways to look at things like the t.v. We went to Dr. Fong and got her special glasses with a prism while she was doing vision therapy. Her headaches have stopped and she now reads willingly. She also can now read without the glasses. Don’t hesitate to get your child tested and to ask them questions if they refuse to read, even though they can. My daughter enjoyed seeing Dr. Fong for her vision therapy appointments. I am so happy that she had vision therapy with Dr. Fong! It has made a huge difference.”

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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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Coronavirus increases digital learning: How you can protect your child’s eyes. Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor

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Students will be spending even more time on their devices now that schools are shifting to ONLINE LEARNING because of the CORONAVIRUS. DIGITAL DEVICE USE of more than two hours will:
โ€ข Increase atrophy of glands in the eyes
โ€ข Increase eyestrain, redness, blurry vision, headaches and back/shoulder/neck pain
โ€ข Increase the risk for developing macular degeneration, cataracts, eyestrain and sleep difficulties
You can protect your childโ€™s eyes by:
โ€ข Making sure that he does not have even small amounts of uncorrected astigmatism or hyperopia. Both of these conditions have been shown to cause eyestrain when using digital devices. An updated eyeglass prescription will help with this if needed.
โ€ข Making sure that she does not under-focus her eyes when looking at the computer. Under-focusing increases eyestrain and headaches. An updated eyeglass prescription will help with this if needed
โ€ข Making sure that he/she wears the optimal protection against computer light. Not all products that claim to protect against digital light protects the same amount. In fact, some products, though technically protective, hardly protect at all. Other products, on the other hand, will distort the accuracy of vision.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development in Sugar Land, Texas.

References available upon request.

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Glasses and Early Literacy – Dr. Edward Fong, Sugar Land Eye Doctor

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An EARLY LITERACY clinical study involving 944 students between the ages of 4-5 years discovered the following:

โ€ข Early literacy is associated with eyesight

โ€ข Students who failed their vision screening at school and who actually wore their glasses afterwards improved in early literacy more than students who did not wear their glasses as prescribed

โ€ข The difference in early literacy between students who wore their glasses and students who did not held true even three years later

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development in Sugar Land, Texas.

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, convergence insufficiency and visual skills in reading – Sugar Land Optometric Vision Therapy, Dr. Edward Fong, Bright Eye Care & Vision Development

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“The bottom line is that visual problems are common, though not universal, in children who struggle to read; and optometric vision therapy can help address visual problems in children with significant visual dysfunction. A good visual examination is an important part of the workup of every struggling reader.” #dyslexia #convergenceinsufficiency

– Dr. Fernette Eide, M.D., clinician and writer on learning disabilities

Reading in Low Light – Dr. Edward Fong, Bright Eye Care & Vision Development, Sugar Land Eye Doctor, Eye Exams, Optometrist

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Mom was right! Reading in low light is bad for you. Clinical studies confirm that reading even only 30 minutes in poor lighting conditions adversely affects eye alignment and creates excessive visual stress. #reading #mom

Dyslexia, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Amblyopia, Strabismus Treatment in Sugar Land – Dr. Edward Fong, Bright Eye Care & Vision Development

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You’re welcome! I’m so glad that our therapy has helped! Have fun with the game!

For more information on how we can help your child with reading, writing, amblyopia, ADHD, strabismus, lazy eye, sloppy handwriting and/or learning problems, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.