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Healthy Eyes in Summer

Pediatric Eye Clinic

My practice is bustling in the summer when the kids are out of school and many parents are looking for alternatives to glasses for their children. While I care for adult patients too, I often find myself fielding questions about how to keep kids’ eyes healthy in summer. Most of the time, parents’ concerns can be broken down into 3 categories: sun damage, contact lens use, and developing nearsightedness.

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Orthokeratology: a Simple Solution to a Complex Problem

Orthokeratology Doctor in Houston

Wearing lenses or glasses can be sometimes irritating. The ease and sense of relaxation in not wearing glasses are missed by all those people who regularly wear glasses. We all want to get rid of our glasses and perfect our eyesight. Now science has the solution called orthokeratology.

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4 Common Vision Problems in Children

Pedro Gomez OD

Children largely depend on their eyesight when it comes to their learning and growth. With they’re young and developing, however, their eyes may be prone to certain vision problems. Today, your eye doctor from Pediatric Eye Clinic talks about some of the most common childhood eye conditions.

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3 Ways to Slow Down Myopia

Pediatric Optometrist in Houston

Myopia, which is also known as short-sightedness or nearsightedness, is a growing problem. In fact, recent study predicts that myopia will affect vision for nearly half of the global population by 2050.

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The Importance of Pediatric Exams

Pedro Gomez OD

A thorough eye exam is an often-overlooked doctor’s appointment for most children in their developmental years. However, a comprehensive exam for young children is an absolute must to ensure proper development and healthy eyes. This is especially true when kids are too young to talk. Many severe conditions that affect children’s eyes aren’t painful, so they won’t cry or vocalize the issue in a manner that the parents can understand. Only an optometrist with special equipment can determine if there is an immediate issue that requires intervention and treatment.

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Ortho K: Process, Candidates, and Advantages

Non-Surgical Vision Correction Doctor in Houston

Refractive errors, such as myopia, may require you to constantly wear eyeglasses or contact lenses for your better viewing ease. While they are reliable vision correction options, orthokeratology (or ortho k) is an equally effective alternative that offers improved visual comfort and convenience.

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Signs of Eye and Vision Problems in Infants

Pediatric Optometrist in Houston

Despite nine months of growth in utero, babies are not born with fully developed eyes and vision – just like they can’t walk or talk yet. Over the first few months of life, their visual systems continue to progress, stimulated by their surroundings.

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7 Eye Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Pediatric Eye Clinic

While we all know that regular eye exams can help detect warning signs of disease and prevent vision loss, many people fail to seek medical attention when there is an acute problem with the eye. In fact, only about half of Americans that are at risk for serious vision loss have been examined by an eye doctor within the last year, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Are Ortho K Lenses Safe for Children?

Myopia Alternatives

Ortho K lenses offer an opportunity to correct vision without the use of glasses or contacts. The technology has been around for over 50 years, and is widely considered to be safe for adults. Our eye doctors in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara specialize in Ortho K lenses. But can it work for children? Learn more about whether Ortho K is safe for kids to use.

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Keratoconus: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Keratoconus Specialized in Houston

The cornea is the outer lens of the eye. A normal cornea is clear and dome-shaped, but when the shape is altered, it can cause distortions and blurriness in the vision. This is called keratoconus. Keratoconus is degenerative, but rarely results in complete blindness although a patient’s vision can be significantly impacted – enough to affect their quality of life.

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Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun this Summer

Pediatric Eye Clinic

Many don’t realize that UV protection is not only important for your skin, it is important for your eyes as well. Sunglasses are like sunscreen for your eyes, without the smell/stick, and with all the style! If that is not compelling enough, know that constant unprotected exposure to UV sunlight can cause:

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Introduction to Ortho K and How It Is Effective for A New Kind of Vision

Ortho-K Doctor in Houston

What is Ortho K?

Orthokeratology or more popularly referred to as ortho k is the technique through which gas filled contact lenses are designed to combat eye issues. It can be myopia, astigmatism, any eye disease or injury. This is one of the best solutions for the people who do not like to wear glasses but are looking forward to some other solution. With ortho k, you can easily reshape your cornea in a natural way, owing to this fact only more and more popular are going for it and finding it useful as well as worth.

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Who Can Use Ortho-k

Myopia Alternatives

Ortho-k are specially designed lenses that your child wears at night while they sleep. At night, while they are sleeping, the lens will gently reshape their cornea. When they wake up, they can take off the lenses and have clear vision throughout the day without having glasses or contact lenses.

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How Long Does it Take to See Results with Ortho-K?

Myopia Alternative

Orthokeratology, commonly known as Ortho-K, is a treatment using custom contact lenses to reshape the cornea and is proven effective in correcting vision conditions like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The orthok contact lenses are worn overnight and help to correct refraction vision through gentle reshaping of the the surface of the eye.

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How to Help Your Child Transition to Contact Lenses

Pediatric Eye Clinic

For some kids, contact lenses can be much more convenient than wearing glasses. This is especially true for active children, who may find wearing corrective lenses during physical activities cumbersome. Making the transition can be a bit challenging for some, which is where the following helpful tips come in.

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Identifying Keratoconus Symptoms

Keratoconus Specialized in Houston

The outer layer of the eye, the cornea, is typically round and spherical. Patients who suffer from keratoconus have a bulging or cone-shaped cornea. Caused by a breakdown of collagen fibers within the eye, this condition can lead to significant vision problems.

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FAQs about Contact Lenses for Children

Wave Contact Lenses in Houston

Is My Child Ready for Contacts?

Are you thinking about getting contact lenses for your child? Perhaps you’ve replaced enough pairs of glasses that you’re ready to switch your child into contacts. Maybe your child is even asking you to wear contact lenses. Truly, there’s no magic age when a child is ready to wear contacts. So, how do you know if your child is ready for contact lenses? The experts have weighed in, and here’s what we’ve determined.

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Understanding Farsightedness

Pedro Gomez OD

Millions in the U.S. are farsighted. Also referred to as hyperopia, this is a refractive error that causes difficulties clearly seeing nearby objects. This problem may affect not only your visual health, but also your safety and daily efficiency.

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What Is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus Specialized in Houston

The transparent, dome-like structure covering the front part of your eyes is known as the cornea. Its main function is to accurately bend light rays toward your retina. Delicate and tiny protein fibers hold your cornea in place. When they weaken, your cornea may slowly thin and bulge out, resulting in a condition called keratoconus.

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Why do Ortho-K treatment?

Ortho-K Doctor in Houston

While many types of patients benefit from Ortho-K, there are three groups of patients who benefit the most and therefore most often obtain these services: First are children who, along with their parents, wish to significantly slow or stop their progression of myopia. Patients who are likely to benefit the most are those with early onset, i.e., whose nearsightedness developed before the age of 10 years, and/or fast progressing myopes, who are at greatest risk of becoming high myopia.

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Is OrthoK right for me?

Myopia Alternatives

If you want to be able to see throughout the day without the need of contact lenses or glasses and you don't want to get surgery, then OrthoK is right for you. Make your appointment for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Rozenberg to see how OrthoK can give you clear and unaided eyesight during your waking hours.

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What’s the best way to put in my Ortho-K molds?

Pediatric Eye Clinic

To keep your eyes infection and irritation free, always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding cleaning and care of contact lenses. Below is an example of a common care method including key steps when inserting your Ortho-k molds:

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At What Age Should Children Have Their First Eye Exam?

Pedro Gomez OD

Often a child's first eye exam occurs at the suggestion of a pediatrician who suspects issues based on a pediatric vision check. However, it is beneficial to seek out a pediatric eye doctor earlier on, even if you don't notice issues with your child's vision. Early eye exams are particularly important if there’s a family history of vision problems.

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Keratoconus Symptoms

Keratoconus Specialized in Houston

Symptoms are highly variable and depend upon the stage of the disease. Early in the disease, there may be no symptoms. In advanced disease, there is significant diminution and distortion of vision.

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What is an eye “examination”?

Pediatric Optometry in Houston

Most of us associate going to the optometrist with the test “Which is better, one or two?”. This test, called a refraction, can cause anxiety for some people, as they don’t want to give a wrong answer and feel they will be stuck with an incorrect prescription until their next complete examination. Suffice to say that experienced optometrists have the knowledge and understanding of what a patient needs before they even answer.

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Wake up to clear vision with Ortho-K lenses

Orthokeratology Doctor in Houston

What are Ortho-K lenses?

FDA approved in 2002, Ortho-K lenses are custom made contact lenses that are worn while you sleep. The lenses gently reshape your eyes, correcting your vision during the night and when they are removed in the morning, you are able to see clearly and comfortably for the entire day.

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Should kids do Ortho-K?

Ortho-K Specialized in Houston

YES! Especially for kids and young adults, Ortho-K can stop the eyes from progressively getting weaker. This can be a gigantic health benefit.

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Keratoconus Causes

Keratoconus Doctor in Houston

The cause of keratoconus is not known. It may not be a single disorder, but rather a phenotypic expression of perhaps many causes, both genetic and environmental.

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Why kids need time outdoors to improve their eyesight

Pediatric Eye Clinic

Kids today spend many hours indoors, working on digital devices, watching TV, reading, or doing close-up work. While these activities can help boost kids’ brainpower, medical professionals are concerned about the increase in the number of kids diagnosed with myopia, also known as nearsightedness. A primary reason is that kids spend too many hours inside. Here’s why kids need time outdoors every day to improve their eyesight.

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The Experts Answer Your Top Ortho-K Questions

Pediatric Eye Clinic

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is an innovative vision correction method used to treat refractive errors. It’s a great solution for people who don’t like the inconvenience of wearing traditional contact lenses or eyeglasses, yet aren’t willing or able to undergo LASIK.

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What You Need to Know About Childhood Myopia

Doctor Specialized in Infants' Myopia

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that usually develops in childhood. People with myopia have trouble seeing distant objects, while their short-range vision remains sharp.

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Causes of Keratoconus

Pedro Gomez OD

According to the National Eye Institute, keratoconus is the most common corneal dystrophy in the United States, affecting one in 2,000 Americans. Keratoconus is not fully understood, and its progression is unpredictable. Dr. Stark explained that the cause of the condition is multifactorial.

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How Your Children’s Vision May Affect Their Learning?

Pediatric Eye Clinic

Researchers found that most children are visual learners. In fact, around 80% of what they know has been acquired by what they have seen through demonstrations, pictures or visual aids. This means that your children’s performance in school largely depends on how good their eyesight is.

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Keratoconus: Know the Signs of This Mysterious Eye Disease

Keratoconus Specialized in Houston

If your eye doctor says you have keratoconus, it’s possible that you’ve had it for years without knowing it. It’s difficult to detect this progressive eye disease affecting the cornea without a specific test. Treatment will depend on how far the disease has progressed when you get your diagnosis.

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