Amblyopia, Lazy Eye and School

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The authors of a clinical study concluded that treating amblyopia before entering formal schooling is a good idea because of amblyopia’s effect on peer-to-peer interactions and subsequent self-perception by the child with amblyopia.

First- and second-grade students with AMBLYOPIA in the clinical study showed significantly LOWER SELF-PERCEPTION OF PHYSICAL COMPETENCE as well as significantly LOWER PEER ACCEPTANCE than those children without amblyopia. In other words, the children with amblyopia thought more lowly of their own physical abilities and were less likely to be well-accepted by their peers.

Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment in children. 2 to 3 children out of every 100 have this condition. Amblyopia is an inability to see 20/20 despite wearing glasses and not having an organic eye disease. Active therapy is the best way to develop two eyes that work well together in synchrony. Patching alone will not accomplish this goal.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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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.

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.