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Child Category, Family Eye Care

“IMPACT OF HYPEROPIA ON ACADEMIC-RELATED PERFORMANCE IN CHILDREN”

October 13, 2017

The landscape of childhood learning differs now from what most practicing optometrists might recall.

One of the biggest changes, says Marie Bodack, O.D., is the increase in “sustained near work” at school.

“We weren’t on iPads or iPhones; we were on the board,” says Dr. Bodack, chief of pediatric primary care at the Southern College of Optometry. “Now children are getting devices and laptops at younger ages, and there is a lot more sustained near work than even 10 years ago.”

This shift has implications for hyperopia, naturally. Small-scale research in Optometry & Vision Science, “Impact of Simulated Hyperopia on Academic-Related Performance in Children,” explores those implications.

Researchers simulated 2.5 diopters of bilateral hyperopia in 15 visually normal children, then measured their performance on a variety of tasks such as the Neale Analysis of Reading Ability, Coding and Symbol Search subtests from the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, and the Developmental Eye Movement test.

According to the paper, “A significant interaction was also demonstrated between these factors (p < 0.05), with the greatest decrement in performance observed when simulated hyperopia was combined with sustained near work. This combination resulted in performance reductions of between 5 and 24 percent across the range of academic-related measures.”

These results are no surprise to Dr. Bodack. But she notes that the study adds data where it has been sparse—and hopefully sets the stage for larger-scale studies exploring the role of hyperopia. It’s also more evidence pointing to the need for comprehensive vision exams for children, Dr. Bodack says.

“The issues that get noticed often relate to nearsightedness—kids who can’t see the board but can see fine up close,” Dr. Bodack says. “It is often easier for farsighted kids to slip through the cracks of screening.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.aoa.org/

Child Category, Eye Care at Work, Family Eye Care, General Information

Las revisiones oculares nunca hay que perderlas de vista

October 4, 2017
examen de la vista

No importa la edad, el sexo o el número de veces que se haya acudido al médico de cabecera. Si en los 365 días que se dibujan en la agenda no figura la palabra oftalmólogo u oculista, se corre el riesgo de que no se detecten a tiempo los principales problemas oculares, por lo que el tratamiento se puede complicar tanto en los más jóvenes, ante un diagnóstico como el ojo vago, o adultos que se enfrentan a un glaucoma o cataratas. Por eso es fundamental cuidar la vista, uno de los sentidos más sensibles al paso del tiempo, mediante la prevención. Para ello sólo hay que planificar las visitas regulares al oftalmólogo, que serán bianuales en las primeras etapas de la vida y anuales si hay que tratar un defecto visual o si se ha rebasado la franja de los 40 años. Un examen integral y periódico de la vista que incluya pruebas de agudeza visual, un estudio del fondo de ojo y otras exploraciones en función de la alteración a tratar previene enfermedades oculares graves y son la vía para frenar su evolución. Con este fin, los oftalmólogos descartan y tratan los posibles trastornos oculares de acuerdo a cada edad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://revista.consumer.es/

Child Category, General Information

When should I schedule my baby’s first eye exam?

September 25, 2017
baby eye care

According to the American Optometric Association, babies should have their first exam around six months of age. By this age, babies should be able to focus, see color and have depth perception. Doctors will make sure their eyes are developing normally, checking for signs of near or farsightedness, lazy eye, crossed eyes or severe cases such as cancer.

 

 

 

Source:thinkaboutyoureyes.com