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Effects of Myopia & Vision on Success in School

We are born with five senses, and they all need to work efficiently to optimize learning and development throughout all parts of daily life. In the classroom, the sense of vision is particularly important for academic success. That’s why the American Optometric Association recommends to bring all kids for regular eye exams – starting from a half-year old! If your child has an undetected or untreated vision condition, such as Nearsighted (Myopia), it can have serious effects on their ability to learn. At Eye Trends, our eye doctors are experts at performing pediatric eye exams gently and thoroughly. To make it easy for you to bring your kids, we have four conveniently located eye care centers in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, and Greenspoint, Texas.

What is myopia?

Myopia is the official term for nearsightedness, the most common vision condition diagnosed in children. According to recent statistics, nearly 40% of the population in the US has myopia! When left untreated, it can blur all distance vision, which makes it hard for kids to focus on a classroom board or screen.

Myopia occurs when your eyeball is too elongated or your cornea is too curved. Usually, it appears during elementary school and can continue to worsen until around age 20. If one or both parents are nearsighted, the child has a higher chance of this condition. Spending a lot of time using digital devices along with spending less time playing outdoors has led to an increased rate of myopia in children.

How can nearsighted vision affect school performance?

Visual materials are an integral part of classroom learning. If your child has myopia, he or she may find it challenging to read notes that the teacher writes on a whiteboard or smartboard, or clearly see any visual presentations in the classroom. The longer a child goes without treatment for myopia, the more frustrating the school experience will be. Instead of facilitating learning like it should, vision will get in the way. The child and teacher may worry that the child has a reading problem, but the real problem may be corrected easily with a pair of eyeglasses.

Even outside of the classroom, such as on the playing field and when socializing in the cafeteria, myopia can compromise performance – and interfere with a child’s self-confidence.

What are warning signs of myopia?

Parents and teachers should watch out for these behaviors, all of which can point to nearsighted vision and a need for treatment:

  • Holding books close to the face
  • Getting confused easily because of missed visual cues
  • Fear or hesitancy to participate in sports
  • Sitting very close to the TV
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Squinting or closing one eye to read

How is myopia treated?

The most conventional treatment for myopia is prescription single-vision eyeglasses or contact lenses. If your child has a more complicated vision prescription, then bifocal or progressive addition lenses may be needed. Only a qualified eye doctor can determine the child’s precise prescription.

To help your child succeed in school – book routine eye exams with our eye doctor in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, and Greenspoint, Texas.

At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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Is School Work Causing Computer Vision Syndrome in Your Child?

Eye health tips for students from our Conroe eye doctor

The start of fall means back-to-school for kids of all ages – and our team at Eye Trends wishes everyone a smooth and successful return to the classroom!

When your child enters school after a summer of outdoor fun, many of the summer’s vision hazards are left behind. Yet, that doesn’t mean all eye health risks are eliminated! Nowadays, the majority of learning is computer based – exposing students’ eyes to the pain and dangers of blue light and computer vision syndrome. Fortunately, a variety of helpful devices and smartphone apps are available to block blue light and keep yourchild’s vision safe and comfortable.

To help you safeguard your child’s vision for the upcoming semesters and the long term of life, our Conroe optometrist explains all about computer vision syndrome and how to prevent it.

Symptoms of computer vision syndrome

It’s smart to familiarize yourself with the signs of computer vision syndrome. If your child complains about any of these common symptoms, you can help prevent any lasting vision damage by booking an eye exam with our Conroe eye doctor near you:

  • Eye irritation and redness
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes, due to reduced blinking
  • Headaches

Basics of blue light

Students spend endless hours in front of digital screens, be it a computer monitor, tablet, or smartphone. There is homework to be done, research to be conducted, texting with friends, and movies and gaming during downtime. All of this screen time exposes your child’s eyes to blue light.

Many research studies have demonstrated that flickering blue light – the shortest, highest-energy wavelength of visible light – can lead to tired eyes, headaches, and blurry vision. Additionally, blue light can disrupt the sleep/wake cycle, causing sleep deprivation and all the physical and mental health problems associated with it. As for your child’s future eye health, blue light may also be linked to the later development of macular degeneration and retinal damage.

How to avoid computer vision syndrome

Our Conroe eye doctor shares the following ways to block blue light and protect against computer vision syndrome:

  • Computer glasses, eyeglasses lenses treated with a blue-light blocking coating, and contact lenses with built-in blue light protection are all effective ways to optimize visual comfort when working in front of a screen. These optics reduce eye strain and prevent hazardous blue-light radiation from entering the eyes.
  • Practice the 20-20-20 rule; pause every 20 minutes to gaze at an object that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This simple behavior gives eyes a chance to rest from the intensity of the computer or smartphone screen, preventing eye fatigue.
  • Prescription glasses can be helpful when using a computer for long periods – even for students who don’t generally need prescription eyewear. A weak prescription can take the stress off of your child’s eyes, decreasing fatigue and increasing their ability to concentrate. Our Conroe optometrist will perform a personalized eye exam to determine the most suitable prescription.
  • Moisturize vision with eye drops. One of the most common symptoms of computer vision syndrome is dry eyes, namely because people forget to blink frequently enough. Equip your child with a bottle of preservative-free artificial tears eye drops (available over the counter) and remind them to blink!
  • Blue light filters can be installed on a computer, smartphone, and all digital screens to minimize exposure to blue. A range of helpful free apps are also available for download.
  • Limit screen time for your child each day, or encourage breaks at least once an hour. Typically, the degree of discomfort from computer vision syndrome is in direct proportion with the amount of time your child spends viewing digital screens.
  • Set the proper screen distance. Younger children (elementary school) should view their computer at a half-arm’s length away from their eyes, just below eye level. Kids in middle school and high school should sit about 20 – 28 inches from the screen, with the top of the screen at eye level.

For additional info, book a consultation and eye exam at Eye Trends

When you and your child meet with our Conroe eye doctor, we’ll ask questions about your child’s school and study habits to provide customized recommendations on the most effective ways to stay safe from computer vision syndrome and blue light. Our optometrist stays up-to-date with the latest optic technologies and methods to prevent painful vision and eye health damage from using a computer, so you can depend on us for contemporary, progressive treatment.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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Amber Draper, Manager

As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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