Back To School and Back to Learning

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Could your child’s vision be affecting his/her ability to read, write or learn? It’s not just about a child failing. Many bright children perform below their potential because they are being limited by their vision issues. These vision issues could include the need for glasses as well as poorly developed visual skills.

The following survey has been tested nationwide. If your child totals 20 or more points on the survey, then he/she is at a much greater risk for vision affecting academics. Visit the following link to check if your child may be affected by undiscovered vision issues: https://goo.gl/forms/rFnkCBreFBdKNjJy2

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Back To School, Vision and Reading

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  • 25-30% of children have vision problems that interfere with academics
  • Students who failed vision screenings scored worse on standardized tests

In a clinical study involving elementary-aged school children published in 2017, those who had failed a vision screening scored significantly worse on standardized tests of reading, grammar and punctuation, spelling and numeracy compared to students who had not failed the vision screening.

In another clinical study, near visual skills, not just visual acuity, explained 40% of the variance in reading accuracy performance and 30% of the variance in reading comprehension amongst elementary school children.  Put another way, near visual skills were contributory factors in every 4 out of 10 children who performed worse than the average reading accuracy score.  Near visual skills were also contributory factors in every 3 out of 10 children who performed worse than the average reading comprehension score.

Checking for a child’s need for eyeglasses is important.  Investigating a child’s near visual skills is equally, if not even more, important if he/she is struggling academically because most of a student’s visual demand is within 16-18 inches.  We specialize in vision development and its effect on reading, writing and learning.

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7 Tips for Driving at Night

Tips for Driving at Night

1. WEAR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE EYEGLASSES. If you only see 20/25, your reaction speed will be 4 times slower than if you were able to see 20/20. If you only see 20/30, your reaction speed will be 16 times slower. If you only see 20/40, your reaction speed will be 64 times slower, etc… Sometimes a visual skills evaluation is needed in addition to a routine eye exam to determine the best driving glasses because of aging changes in the visual system.
2. PRACTICE PREVENTIVE EYE CARE. Preventive eye care can help delay some of the normal aging changes to the visual system that make driving at night more difficult.
3. AIM HEADLIGHTS PROPERLY. Make sure that the headlights are level and not aimed too low. Also, regularly clean off the grime that accumulates on your headlights. In addition, replace old headlight bulbs that are beginning to dim.
4. DIM YOUR DASH LIGHTS. Avoid added glare that can distract you by dimming your dash lights and instrument panel.
5. CLEAN ALL MIRRORS AND WINDOWS. Wipe down your front windshield, back windshield, side windows, side mirrors and rearview mirrors regularly to avoid added glare at night. Wiping with newspaper will remove residue effectively. Avoid touching the inside of the windows with your hands. Instead, keep a microfiber cloth in the car to wipe with instead.
6. DRIVE WITH FOG LIGHTS. These lights will help illuminate the road even when there is no fog. Make sure that these lights are aimed as low as possible so that they will not blind oncoming drivers.
7. ADJUST EXTERIOR MIRRORS. Adjust these side mirrors so that you can check them without looking directly into the lights from the cars around you. Aiming them slightly lower will allow you to see the cars behind you by dipping your head slightly forward without looking directly into the other car’s headlights.

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Myopia

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is believed to be caused by multiple factors occurring in one individual.  In other words, there are many factors that seem to be associated with myopia development.  For example, recent research indicates that first-born children are more likely to have myopia than younger siblings.

Diabetic Retinopathy

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Chronically high blood sugar from diabetes is associated with damage to blood vessels in the retina which leads to diabetic retinopathy. People with all types of diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy. Risk increases the longer a person has diabetes. Between 40-45% of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy, but only about half are aware of it. Women who develop, or have diabetes during pregnancy, may have rapid onset or worsening of diabetic retinopathy. The early stages of diabetic retinopathy usually have no symptoms. The disease often progresses unnoticed until it affects vision. Vision lost to diabetic retinopathy is sometimes irreversible. However, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness by 95 percent. (NEI)

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High prescriptions lead to visual impairment

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New research findings regarding high myopia (defined as prescription greater than -6.00 diopters):

* 42% of those with high myopia have visual impairment

* 73 times greater chance of bleeding in the back of the eye if have high myopia

* 65% of study participants had vision impairment even though they had no other signs of eye disease other than high myopia

Myopia is a major cause of visual impairment.  It is important to try to slow down how much a child’s prescription changes so that they do not reach these high myopic levels.

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References:

1) Holden BA, Mingguang H, et. al. Vision impairment in highly myopic eyes: the ZOC-BHVI high myopia study. Poster session presented at: Leading eye and vision research. ARVO 2014 May 4-8; Orlando, FL.

2) Pickering M, Luciani L, et. al. Prevalence, incidence and characteristics of patients with choroidal neovascularization secondary to pathologic myopia in a representative Canadian cohort. Poster session presented at: Leading eye and vision research. ARVO 2014 May 4-8; Orlando, FL.

3) Ikuno Y, Jo Y, et. al. Ocular risk factors of choroidal neovascularization in pathologic myopia. Invest ophthal vis sci July 2014 51(7):3721-3725.