Treat Myopia Early

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Myopia is a vision condition that increases your risk for other eye diseases like retinal tears, glaucoma and cataracts. 90% of myopia starts developing in early childhood. Take action to protect your child’s eyes – make an appointment today. #nearsightedness

For more information, contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land 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.

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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 Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.

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 Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.

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 Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.

Diet Soda and Diabetes

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A recently published study indicates that DIET SODA DOUBLES the RISK for diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that is a leading cause of blindness.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.

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 Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.

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 Dr. Edward Fong and the 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.

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 Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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.

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.