Screen Time Guidelines

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The World Health Organization recently released screen time guidelines for children. Their guidelines state that CHILDREN LESS THAN 1 YEAR OF AGE should receive NO SCREEN TIME while children UNDER 5 YEARS should only spend AT MOST 1 HOUR in front of a screen.

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

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Women and Eye Disease

Women are more prone to eye disease. 67% of blindness and visual impairment occur in women according to a study by the University of Chicago. This higher prevalence of eye disease, per the National Institute of Health, is likely due to:

• women living longer than men
• women being at higher risk for autoimmune disorders
• women being more likely to undergo certain cancer treatments that affect the eyes
• normal age-related hormonal changes that affect the eyes

Regular eye exams, not just routine eye exams, that evaluate for specific eye diseases become increasingly important for women as they age.

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

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Does improving vision improve academic performance?

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Can improving visual skills improve academic performance? That is the question that a clinical study involving 2nd grade students answered recently. Pre-therapy (before receiving therapy) and post-therapy (after receiving therapy) academic scores were taken. These are some of the findings:

• pre-therapy standardized reading and math scores were significantly HIGHER in the children who DID NOT HAVE VISUAL SKILLS DEFICITS than in the children who suffered from visual skills deficits

• visual skills deficits IMPROVED in the students who received therapy

• standardized math scores and reading scores IMPROVED in students who had received therapy compared to their pre-therapy scores

• post-therapy math scores IMPROVED to the point that there was no statistical difference between children who initially had visual skills deficits versus those who did not have visual skills deficits

• post-therapy standardized reading scores, though significantly improved, were not as high as the children who did not initially have visual skills deficits

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

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Myopia Management

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Myopia has traditionally been seen as one of the three types of refractive errors or “eyeglass prescriptions” – nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. However, recent research indicates that myopia should be classified as a disease or a risk factor for disease. This same research reveals that myopia increases a person’s risk for other eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, choroidal neovascularization and retinal detachment.

A research study by the National Eye Institute discovered that myopia increased 66% from the 1970’s to early 2000 in the United States. Myopia is expected to double by 2050, and high myopia is expected to increase by FIVE TIMES in that same timeframe. The higher the myopia, the greater the risk for developing other eye diseases.

Managing myopia, especially for children, will be critical during this time period. The good news is that there are options that can help reduce the progression of myopia. At this juncture there is no effective treatment that completely halts the progression of myopia once it starts. However, clinical studies and personal clinical experience show that the progression of this disease called myopia can be slowed down by, on average, 50%. Over the course of a child’s lifetime, that could be the difference between being a -6.00 versus a -3.00. Or, seen in a different light, it could be the difference between being at a 10 times greater risk versus 4 times greater risk of developing a retinal detachment.

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

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Amblyopia or Lazy Eye

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• Slower reading speed
• Worse fine motor skills
• Lower self-perception

Amblyopia is a condition in which the eyes are physically healthy, but because of an amblyogenic factor – high prescription, unequal prescription, form deprivation or strabismus – the eye never develops 20/20 eyesight. Consequently, amblyopia may hamper a child’s ability to showcase their knowledge, compete in physical activities and/or interact well socially.

If a child sees significantly better in one eye than another, then that child may be at risk for amblyopia. Active therapy is the best route to help the child develop use of both eyes in order to see comfortably and accurately. Patching will not accomplish that goal. We specialize in pediatric vision including amblyopia.

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

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Hyperopes vs. Myopes

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For your enjoyment, here are some interesting differences between hyperopes (“farsighted” people) and myopes (“nearsighted” people):

1) In a study involving male students, hyperopes were more likely to be interested in business skills and selling.
2) In another study involving military recruits, hyperopes weighed more and had a lower heart rate variability. A low heart rate has been associated with a poorer ability to adapt to stress.
3) In another study involving college students, hyperopes were found to be more extroverted.
4) Hyperopes have prescriptions that start with a (+) sign whereas myopes have prescriptions that start with a (-) sign.
5) Hyperopes have eyeglass lenses that are thicker in the center whereas myopes have eyeglass lenses that are thicker at the edges.
6) Hyperopes’ eyeglasses make their eyes look bigger whereas myopes’ eyeglasses make their eyes look smaller.
7) Hyperopes have contact lenses that are thicker in the middle, so their lenses are harder to handle and transmit less oxygen.
8) Laser vision correction is less stable for hyperopes.

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

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Dyslexia and Vision

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In a clinical study comparing the visual skills in students with developmental dyslexia versus those in normal readers, the authors concluded that “deficits in visual function [were] far more prevalent in school-aged children with developmental dyslexia than in typically developing readers”. Nearly 80% of children with developmental dyslexia suffered from visual skills dysfunction.

If your child is struggling with reading, it is imperative that you have his/her visual skills thoroughly evaluated. A yearly eye exam will not investigate these areas of the visual system. We specialize in visual skills that affect reading, writing and learning.

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

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Eye Injuries – Help is On the Way

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Eye trauma is a common cause of vision loss in children. One of the results of the injury is often poor eyesight due to a misshapen cornea. Standard glasses and contact lenses will not be able to correct this because of the irregular shape caused by the damage. However, specialty contact lens designs can help these patients see better and look better afterwards.

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

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Smartphones

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Smartphones emit the highest amount of harmful blue light in a comparison of digital devices. The red curve in the graph represents smartphones. Blue light has been associated with increased risk for eye disorders and sleep disorders.

According to the 2016 Nielsen Company Audience Report, adults spend more than 10 hours per day using smartphones, tablets, personal computers, video games, DVDs, DVRs and/or TVs. Teens spend almost 9 hours per day consuming digital media according to the 2015 Common Sense Media Census. Tweens, between the ages of 8 and 12 years, spend approximately 6 hours every day interacting with digital media. Even children under the age of 8 years spend approximately 2 hours in front of a screen according to the same census.

Needless to say, blue light is a common environmental hazard that would benefit from proactive precautionary protection.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at 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