Pink Eye

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Pink eye is caused by a virus infection. It is different than a red eye caused by a bacterial infection or an allergy. Consequently, antibiotic or allergy drops will not properly treat the condition. Viral infections can cause vision loss or problems with glare in up to 15%-35% of cases. Pink eye is highly contagious and proper steps should be taken to prevent spreading the infection. At least 50% of patients with pink eye have the same virus on their hands according to a clinical study. Proper in-office treatment can reduce the course of the infection significantly. A typical viral infection of the eye, or pink eye, can last between 2 to 4 weeks. In-office treatment can shorten that time to 2 days.

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Better Visual Skills = Better Attention

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Visual skills affect attention. Another recent study showed that students with poorer visual skills showed a significantly worse score on a test of attention. On the flipside, the study also showed that students with significantly better visual skills scored significantly better on that same test of attention. The ability to focus attention affects our ability to ignore distractions in order to do something of more importance. If your child is struggling with academics and is exhibiting signs of attentional issues, then have your child’s visual skills checked. A visual skills evaluation is different than a yearly eye exam.

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Prevent Nearsightedness

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Ortho-K can help slow progression of nearsightedness by up to 50%. This treatment gently reshapes the cornea. As a result, neither glasses or contacts are needed during the day to see well, and myopia progression can be slowed down. The safety and effectiveness of this treatment has been shown in multiple clinical studies involving elementary school children.

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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.

“How Well Does My Child Need to See for School?”

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  • 20/60 eyesight is the minimum level of visual acuity needed to see the board in a typical classroom.  This level of acuity will only allow for basic recognition, but it won’t be easy or sustainable.
  • 20/20 eyesight is the level of visual acuity needed to physically read a typical 8th grade level book.
  • 20/25 eyesight is the level of visual acuity needed to physically read a typical 4th grade level book.
  • Someone who only has 20/40 eyesight would only comfortably be able to sustain reading print that is the size of newspaper sub-headlines or a typical 1st – 3rd grade book.

There are visual skills other than eyesight that can affect sustainability of reading. Some children, even if they can see 20/20, have a difficult time reading for lengthy periods of time or reading at a proper rate because of poorly developed visual skills. Focusing accuracy, eye coordination, fine eye movements, focusing flexibility and other visual skills will affect school activities like copying from the board, filling out Scantron sheets, reading comprehension and more.  Visual acuity and visual skills are both important in daily school activities.

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References:

1. Leone GE, Bigelow CA. Does print size matter for reading? A review from vision science and typography. J Vision, 2011;     11(5): 1-22.
2. Holladay JT. Proper method for calculating average visual acuity. J Ref Surg 1997; 13:388-391.

Back-to-School Vision Exams

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    • “25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning.”                          – American Public Health Association
    • “It is estimated that 80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.”                – Vision Council of America
    • “Early diagnosis and treatment of children’s vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning; and that vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.  Comprehensive eye and vision examinations…are important for all children first entering school and regularly throughout their school-aged years to ensure healthy eyes and adequate visual skills essential for successful academic achievement.”            – National PT Policy Statement 2005, Elements of           Comprehensive Health Programs

Amidst the excitement of new school supplies, bus routes and teachers, a yearly eye exam is often overlooked.  Poor eyesight and visual skills affect academics.  Even small amounts of farsightedness or astigmatism have been shown to affect reading speed and increase fatigue when doing near-work.  Visual skills such as eye coordination, fine eye movements and focusing skills have been implicated in contributing to poor academic performance.

Sometimes a yearly eye exam is not enough to catch the visual skills that can affect school because vision is more than just 20/20.  If the need arises, we can conduct a full visual skills analysis as it relates to academics.  We specialize in vision development and its effects on learning and development.  This point is important.  An eye doctor who does not specialize in this area will overlook the role of visual skills.  We have seen many struggling students who have been told by their previous eye doctor that “their eyes are just fine” when they actually have visual skills problems affecting learning.  Once their visual skills deficiencies have been diagnosed and treated, their academic struggles improved.  Those doctors did not do anything wrong. In fact, they provided excellent yearly eye exams to those students.  However, visual skills and its effects on academics was not the area of expertise of those doctors.

Every student should receive a yearly eye exam during the school year.  Any child who is struggling with school should also have a full visual skills analysis.  For more information on what we do, please visit our website or call us.