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At What Age Should Children Have Their First Eye Exam?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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3 Good Reasons To Bring Your Child to the Eye Doctor

Pediatric Optometrist in Houston

Many people wait to call the optometrist when they experience blurred vision. Unfortunately, many of us do the same with our children. We are prompted to schedule an eye exam when our child fails a vision screening at the pediatrician's office or at school, or at the child's first complaint of blurry vision. However, children can experience binocular vision problems with or without blurred vision.

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Are Contact Lenses a Good Choice for Kids?

Pediatric Optometry in Houston

Many children who wear glasses want to switch to contact lenses, especially older children who are concerned with their appearance. So, how do you know if and when contact lenses might be an option for your child?

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Myopia: a growing eye health problem

Doctor Specialized in Infants' Myopia

The number of people suffering from myopia is increasing – it is now the fastest growing eye defect worldwide. Expected is that in 2050, half of the world population is short-sighted, which is five times as much as in 2000. Without taking action, myopia could be the biggest cause for blindness and bad eyesight.

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Too Young for LASIK? Children can use a Contact Lens Alternative

Non Surgical Corneal Molding Specialized in Houston

Glasses and contact lenses can imped a person's ability to enjoy many activities, especially for children. Running, swimming, and playing sports can be difficult if wearing glasses or contacts, and while LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) is often a perfect solution to these issues, children can not have the procedure until they are older than 18 years of age.

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Playing Outdoors Can Help Prevent Myopia Development in Children

Pediatric Optometrist in Houston

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is becoming a worldwide public health crisis. In the United States, about one-third of the population has myopia and the prevalence is increasing. Incredibly, nearly 90 percent of the population of Taiwan is nearsighted, and up to 20 percent of its population has high myopia. Researchers have long thought that myopia has a genetic component, but today they are also focusing on environmental factors such spending time outdoors.

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Things You Need to Know About Orthokeratology

Ortho-K Specialized in Houston

Refractive errors occur when irregularities in the structure of your eyes interfere with the light-bending process in your eyes. Myopia (nearsightedness), for example, results from having an elongated eye shape or an overly curved cornea. Dr. Pedro Gomez, offers OrthoK therapy as an effective and innovative solution to myopia and other refractive errors.

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Childhood Myopia: Causes and Management

Doctor Specialized in Infants' Myopia

Myopia, more popularly referred to as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that usually develops during your childhood. You may have problems seeing distant figures clearly while your close-range vision remains in good shape.

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Where Should My Child Read to Help Prevent Progressive Myopia?

Pediatric Optometrist in Houston

This is an important question I get asked very often and its answer is equally important. Reading distances that are too close for extended periods of time, have been linked to progressive myopia. The next time you go to a restaurant, look around. Kids are sitting at adult-sized tables, but because of their height, their faces are very close to the table top itself. If they are using a smartphone or tablet, their viewing distance can be as close as six inches or less!

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Is Keratoconus Genetic?

Pedro Gomez OD

Keratoconus is an eye disease that may or may not cause loss of visual acuity that is severe enough to be considered a disability. In other words, keratoconus itself is not a disability, but vision loss caused by keratoconus may be severe enough to qualify as a disability.

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Keratoconus

Keratoconus Specialized in Houston

Keratoconus is a specific form of ectasia where the cornea thins and starts to bulge. This can cause vision problems and may lead to permanent vision loss if not treated quickly.

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Is Ortho K Therapy Right for You?

Non-Surgical Vision Correction Specialized in Houston

Orthokeratology, also known as ortho k therapy, is a non-surgical solution to refractive errors that involves corneal molds. These special lenses are engineered to reshape the surface of your eyes while you sleep, giving you better visual acuity throughout the next day.

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What Is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus Doctor in Houston

Keratoconus is an eye disease characterized by bulging forward of the front surface of the eye due to abnormal thinning of the cornea.

The cause of keratoconus is not fully understood, but risk factors include eye rubbing, allergies, and heredity.

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Myopia Control

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Myopia Control is using different techniques to help stop the vision from changing every year. Each eye is unique and will require different treatment methods. Schedule a complimentary consultation to create a personalized plan for your eyes. Below is a list of the different treatment options.

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Orthokeratology

Ortho-K Specialized in Houston

Orthokeratology is the use of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses that are worn during sleep at night to temporarily correct nearsightedness and other vision problems so glasses and contact lenses aren’t needed during waking hours.

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4 Signs Your Child May Have Vision Irregularities

Pediatric Eye Clinic

Your child’s vision plays a pivotal role in their growth and development. Additionally, many kids are visual learners which means they have a better grasp of things shown or demonstrated to them. This is why taking care of their eyes should always be a priority.

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What is Myopia?

Orthokeratology Doctor in Houston

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is an eye condition where you cannot see distant objects, but you can see up close objects. This is caused by both the shape and length of the eyeball.

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What Is Myopia Control?

Orthokeratology Doctor in Houston

Although an outright cure for nearsightedness has not been discovered, your optometrist can now offer a number of treatments that may be able to slow the progression of myopia.

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Too much screen time may be damaging children’s eyesight

Pedro Gomez OD

There is new evidence that spending too much time using digital devices could hurt children's eyesight. A study published in the journal PLOS One finds school-aged children who spent seven hours or more a week using computers or mobile video games tripled their risk for myopia, or nearsightedness.

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Tips on Preparing Your Kids for an Eye Exam,

Pediatric Eye Clinic

Taking your children to a trusted eye doctor regularly is one of the best things you can do to safeguard their vision. A clinic visit, however, let alone an eye exam, may make them feel nervous. Pediatric Eye Clinic shares some steps you can take to prepare them for one.

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What To Do About Keratoconus?

Keratoconus Specialized in Houston

Keratoconus is a corneal problem. The cornea is the front surface of the eye. Keratoconus is a degenerative disease that affects the layers of the cornea. It creates a distorted cornea and it becomes very difficult to correct someone’s vision with glasses or contacts because they commonly have some combination of distorted vision, blurred vision, double vision, light sensitivity, and dry-eyes.

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School-Age Children Exams

Pediatric Optometry in Houston

Pediatric Eye Clinic offers comprehensive vision exams to school age children. Pediatric exams are very similar to adult exams where prescription determination, binocular testing and retinal health examination is performed.

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