Blue Light Protection Link

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Scientists from the University of Toledo have discovered a reason behind why blue light damages retinal cells. Blue light activates a specific protein in the back of the eye. Activating this protein is like pressing a start button that initiates a chain of events that eventually leads to cell death. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk for macular degeneration.

Blue light protection should safeguard against ALL areas of blue light risk. A patient of ours recently told us about a colleague of his who was excited about his new blue light protection. This patient wanted to know whether this was something that he should try. We helped him look up the technical data of his friend’s blue light protection. His friend’s blue light protection only provided coverage for about 20% of the blue light range whereas what he was using with us provided safety against the entire range without sacrificing performance. Not all blue light protection is the same.

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

References available upon request.

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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.

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, Reading Disability and Vision

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Students who experience the following vision-related symptoms were shown to have more academic difficulties according to a clinical study involving elementary school children:

• Headaches with near work
• Words running together when reading
• Burning, itching or watery eyes
• Skipping/repeating lines when reading
• Head tilt/closing one eye when reading
• Difficulty copying from the board
• Avoiding near work/reading
• Omitting small words when reading
• Writing uphill or downhill
• Misaligning digits in columns
• Holds reading materials too closely
• Trouble maintaining attention when reading
• Difficulty completing assignments on time
• Always says, “I can’t” even before trying
• Clumsy, knocks things over
• Loses things/belongings
• Forgetful/poor memory

If a child is struggling at school and he/she is experiencing any of the above, then a visual skills evaluation would be recommended. A routine eye exam would not uncover undiagnosed visual skills problems that may be contributing to that child’s academic struggles.

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

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.

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.

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

For more information, please contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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.

For more information, please contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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.

For more information, please contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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.

Astigmatism Affects School Readiness

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Astigmatism as little as 0.50 diopters negatively affects preschool academic readiness. In a study involving preschool children between the ages of 3 years and 5 years, children with astigmatism consistently performed lower than their peers without astigmatism in Language and Literacy, Physical Health and Development and Communication as measured by the teacher-reported Work Sampling System (WSS) and the parent-reported Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). The WSS correlates well with the Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery Revised.

Children with small amounts of astigmatism are easily missed during vision screenings at school or the pediatrician’s office. An astigmatism magnitude of 1.50 diopters would be needed before a child even meets the 20/40 pass-fail criterion for referrals, but as little as 0.50 affects school readiness. Unfortunately, forty percent of children, even if they fail the screening, do not follow up with an eye doctor. The statistics are even worse for younger children – only 7.5% of children younger than six years of age visit an eye doctor.

There are other visual skills that can affect academics besides the need for a prescription. Refractive error, though, is an important contributor to school readiness. Even small amounts of astigmatism have been shown to affect development. Have your child’s refractive status thoroughly checked to make sure that he/she is as ready to succeed in school as possible.

For more information, please contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

References
1. Orlansky G, Wilmer J, et. al. Astigmatism and early academic readiness in preschool children. Optom Vis Sci, 2015; 92(3): ahead of printing.
2. Moon BY, Kim Sy, et. al. Predicting of astigmatism from decimal visual acuity in spherical equivalent. J Op Sci Kor, 2013; 17(2):219-223.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visual impairment and use of eye-care services and protective eyewear among children – United States, 2002. MMWR 2005; 54:425-429.