Back to School Time…. Can Your Kids Use Their Eyes Well To Learn?

22 08 2013

c0016751It’s that time again.  Summer is over and time for the routines to start again.  “Get your homework done, get your clothes laid out for tomorrow, do you have lunch money?, get to bed.”  Ah, the joys of parenthood.

We do those things because we love our kids though and we want the best for them.  We  teach them so one day they can be on their own.  To be able to learn and succeed in life.

Have you ever stopped to think that you may be neglecting one of the most important aspects of learning for your kids? Their vision.  Vision consists of more than just seeing 20/20 on an eye chart or having a school nurse check them at school or at the doctor’s office.  Just because they appear to be able to “see things” doesn’t mean their vision functions properly.

Not only does an eyeball have to focus light from far away onto the back of the eyeball (the retina) clearly, it has to use eye muscles for near vision (accommodate), and do this in co-ordination with another eyeball that are both connected with 6 extra-ocular muscles working in tandem.  It then has to send these light signals from the eye to the brain where our brain’s perception interprets what we see.  There is a lot going on there.   Anything that disrupts any of those systems can cause the vision system to be affected and make it harder to see and likewise learn.

Did you know 80% of learning comes from what we see?  (AOA)   Signs that may indicate a child has vision problem include:

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • An eye turning in or out
  • Seeing double
  • Losing place when reading
  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read

It makes sense that if a child is uncomfortable doing schoolwork or reading because it makes his eyes tired or the letters move around the page or just doesn’t make sense due to a perception problem are not going to do well in school.   I don’t want to do hard work naturally either if I don’t have to!

Many children are mislabeled as ADHD or have poor attention because of this.

Please have your children examined by a reputable eye doctor, not at a quickie, Bigmart store or at the mall, to ensure their complete vision system is working well.   They must be able to ensure you if your child is seeing 20/20,  that they are not farsighted at all.  Also that their focusing is good, their eye coordination is good and eye health is normal at a minimum.   Too many kids are labeled dyslexic as well because of simple, undiagnosed eye problems and then they have that stigma placed on them for no reason as well as delaying their development unnecessarily.

If you haven’t had your children’s eyes examined this year, why wait any longer?   Don’t let them get behind.

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 23 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas  and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”





Water, water, everywhere….

14 08 2013

In one of my English classes in 9th grade, Mrs Mowery had us read the poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  The famous quote I always remember is “Water, water, everywhere….but not a drop to drink.”   As you could imagine, it would be quite tormenting to be surrounded by seawater and having no drinking water.

For us “blind” people that depend on our contacts, it can almost be torture when our contacts get dry, blur our vision and burn.  Drops help but often for not long enough.  Very often there is eyelid disease and poor tear quality as the underlying cause.  In those cases, we try to address the underlying cause of dry eye.  However, that is not always easy and sometimes the eye just doesn’t produce the volume of fluid it used to.  Sometimes it’s just our environment with high evaporation rate due to low humidity, air movement and not blinking enough staring at computers.

There is now a revolutionary new material in contacts just now available in a daily, disposable lens called Dailies Total 1, made by Cibavision/Alcon.

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The material is a totally new category of contact lens called “Water Gradient” technology.  Basically the outside surfaces are almost completely water with an inner core of plastic.  This gives the patient the benefit of extreme comfort with high oxygen delivery to the cornea to keep it healthy.   With the outer surface almost entirely water, the “lubricity” or coefficient of friction is almost zero.  This means almost there is almost no interaction of the eyelid with the contact lens.  I like to say it’s “slickery.”   Studies have shown 9 out of 10 can’t even feel it on the eye.*

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Daily lenses give the patient the ultimate convenience since there is no cleaning or disinfecting the lenses with contact solutions, which often irritate and dry the eyes further.   Since they are always clean, they often offer the clearest vision as well.   Clean lenses also help keep the eyes healthy. Currently, Dailies Total 1 lenses are only available for nearsighted individuals.   Soon there will powers for farsighted patients, those with astigmatism and needing bifocals for reading. We would love for you to try some free trial lenses if you are a candidate when you come in for your next exam and get your feedback on this promising new technology.

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 23 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas  and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”