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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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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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