Screen Time and Obesity

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Children ages 2-4 years who watched at least 2 hours of TV daily were significantly more likely to be obese according to a study conducted between 2009 and 2012. In another study involving over 1000 children ages 10-14 years, children who had 2-3 hours of screen time per day, regardless of whether it was for homework purposes or leisure, were significantly more likely to be obese. Yet another large-scale study showed that increased screen time was associated with increased risk of being overweight and increased consumption of high-fat/high-sugar foods. For more information, contact Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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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

Screen Time For Kids

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SCREEN TIME and KIDS. Does screen time cause nearsightedness to get worse? Can you tell my son/daughter to stop playing games on his/her phone? Is screen time bad? These, and others like them, are common questions that parents ask us frequently. Follow us as we embark on a mini-series to investigate what’s true and what’s myth based on clinical research and personal experience working with many families and their children. Let others know about this. You, and they, will find it interesting and helpful. Here’s a starter:

The World Health Organization recommends that children between the ages of 5 to 17 years engage in moderate-to-vigorous exercise for one hour per day because of the health benefits to developing children. Interestingly, even this daily exercise does not reverse the negative effect of too much screen time. In a study involving over 1000 U.S. children ages 6 to 15 years of age who exercised at least 1 hour per day, more TV watching was still associated with worse physical strength.

Stay tuned for more.  Contact us at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

Poor Vision and Dementia

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Poor EYESIGHT is associated with increased odds of DEMENTIA according to two large-scale studies in the U.S. Poor distance or near eyesight was associated with approximately a 2 to 2.5 times greater likelihood of dementia. The findings “highlight the importance of timely detection of visual impairment in the elderly population” per the studies’ authors. If you, or someone you know, is in the aging population, please make eyesight a priority. Vision problems are significantly associated with decreased cognitive function and senile dementia. Contact us at www.brighteyeandvision.com

Applying Makeup to Contact Lenses?!

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Cosmetics will cake onto contact lenses within 30 minutes of application according to research studies. These deposits can affect vision, comfort and health of contact lens wear. Here are some precautions to take if you wear makeup and contact lenses:

  1. Wash hands before inserting contact lenses
  2. Insert contact lenses prior to any facial product
  3. Remove contacts prior to removing makeup
  4. Apply hairspray or aerosol deodorant prior to insertion
  5. Use water-soluble makeup or those labeled safe for contacts
  6. Avoid waterproof mascara and eye makeup containing nylon or rayon fibers. These can lodge underneath the contacts and scratch the cornea.
  7. Eyeliner applied to the inner lid can clog tiny glands and lead to irritation and inflammation.
  8. Frosted or glittery eye shadows contain particles that can harm the eye if trapped    underneath the contact lens.
  9. Oily makeup removers can cause a cloudy film over the contacts affecting vision and health.
  10. Remove makeup daily with a good makeup remover that works well with contact lenses.

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

Vision Exams for School

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A child’s vision may change frequently during the school year without the student or parent noticing. Vision includes a child’s eyesight, the need for a prescription as well as visual skills such as focusing, eye coordination, fine eye movements and more. Academic success requires many different moving parts, and one of these important but often overlooked aspects is vision.

Take this FBISD school holiday on Friday to have your child’s eyes checked especially if he/she shows some of the following symptoms: avoidance of reading, excessive rubbing or blinking of eyes, short attention span, headaches, loses place often while reading, difficulty remembering what has just been read, holding materials too closely, words seem to move on the page, seeing double, uses finger to maintain place while reading, reads very slowly, skips or omits words when reading, poor reading comprehension, print appears to go in and out of focus, eyes hurt or feel tired after only a few minutes of reading, makes errors while copying, crooked or poorly spaced writing, feels unusually tired after reading, re-reads words or sentences, unusual head posture when reading or doing near-work, eyes become watery or red when reading.

Contact us at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

Most Commonly Missed Eye Disorders

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Pediatricians play a vital role in the management of eye conditions in children. However, some young children can be difficult to assess because of their lack of compliance while some conditions are just difficult to diagnose in a pediatrician’s office. The eight most commonly missed eye disorders in a primary care physician setting are: amblyopia, eye trauma, glaucoma, ocular inflammation, leukocoria, systemic disorders that affect the eye, small-angle strabismus and subtle nystagmus. The visual outcomes of these disorders can be maximized through early detection and proper subsequent treatment. If you suspect that your child may have one of these conditions, contact us.

Sleep and Dry Eye

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Dry Eye Syndrome is caused by many different factors. Even how you sleep can worsen the symptoms of dry eye according to a recent clinical study. Aside from how you sleep, how well you sleep can also worsen dry eye symptoms. A clinical study involving 672 participants between the ages of 26-64 years found that poor sleep quality is associated with worse dry eye symptoms.

Many different factors can affect quality of sleep including too much light from LED bulbs, fluorescent bulbs and digital devices. Lighting from those types of “energy-efficient” bulbs affect sleep by disturbing your melatonin levels. If you live in an environment that uses energy-efficient lighting or you use a digital device for more than two hours per day, then wearing glasses that provide adequate protection is recommended. A recently conducted clinical study showed that wearing glasses that protect against that type of lighting REDUCES the symptoms of DRY EYE, STICKY EYES, GRITTINESS, and EYESTRAIN. Other studies also indicate that wearing glasses that protect against that type of light also REDUCES the DISTURBANCE OF THE WAKE-SLEEP CYCLE.

However, not all glasses that are labeled as protective will protect against all of those issues. Some glasses, even ones that are touted as protective against that type of light, do not protect against the entire spectrum of light that affects sleep and dry eye symptoms. If you have dry eye symptoms and you also experience poor sleep, then using the most complete light protection at night may be helpful.

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

Back to School and Vision

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Why is a yearly eye exam as well as a visual skills exam potentially so important for students as they enter a new school year? Over the next couple of weeks we will look at well-designed clinical studies to help us understand the importance of vision, which includes eyesight and visual skills, in learning.

We will start with this recent finding. In a study involving students who were already diagnosed with a visual skills problem, their top 5 most frequent complaints were:

  1. loss of place while reading
  2. needing to re-read
  3. reading slowly
  4. loss of concentration
  5. trouble remembering what was read.

Does your child exhibit any of those five symptoms? If so, then maybe it’s due to an undiagnosed visual skills problem. A yearly exam is a good place to start, but yearly eye exams do not check for the visual skills problems that can cause those symptoms. Schedule a visual skills exam in addition to the yearly eye exam.

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

Retinal Detachment and Myopia

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Yet another reason to try to slow down how quickly nearsightedness increases is the risk of retinal detachments. Myopia, or nearsightedness, increases the risk of a retinal detachment by 4X-16X’s; the higher the prescription, the higher the risk. The retina is the tissue in the back of the eye that contains all of the nerves, cells and blood vessels that help you see. Surgery can be performed for retinal detachments. However, clinical studies show that patients who have had retinal detachment surgery complain about lower quality of life afterwards. In other words, the surgery was physically successful. However, the patients still suffered decreased quality of life due to visual difficulties afterwards.

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