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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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.

More Screen Time and Kids

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MORE SCREEN TIME and KIDS. Increased screen time at a young age has been associated with decreased gross motor skills development. One study reported that TV viewing at 29 months of age was associated with subsequent lower gross motor skills development at 65 months of age.

In addition, high screen time in early adolescence has been associated with more headaches and backaches. Furthermore, physical activity does not appear to improve those physical maladies. The effects of screen time on physical problems is believed to be cumulative. For more information and to have your child’s vision evaluated, contact us at http://www.brighteyeandvision.com

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: Vision Screenings vs. Eye Exams

 

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Child Eye Exam in Sugar Land Texas

Approximately ten million students have vision problems that can affect schooling. Most parents rely on vision screenings with the school nurse or pediatrician to check for vision problems. However, vision screenings only screen for distance eyesight, obvious eye-turns and maybe color vision problems. This misses the majority of vision problems that can affect academics. A child can easily pass a vision screening, but still not control their eyes well enough to accurately read a book fluidly for an extended period of time. Eye coordination problems – which can contribute to slow reading, decreased reading comprehension, inattention when doing homework, fatigue when reading, eye soreness when doing homework and more symptoms – does not show up on vision screenings. Farsightedness, which can make seeing things up close significantly more difficult, is missed more than 60% of the time on screenings. There are multiple vision problems that can be missed on a vision screening that can affect a child’s ability to learn. A yearly eye exam is a must to prepare your child for school success. Just like parents would never send their child to school without the proper school books, parents should make sure that their child is visually ready to succeed. If a child is known to have academic problems already, then a specialized learning-related vision exam should be scheduled in addition to the yearly eye exam.

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