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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

Non Surgical Corneal Molding Doctor in Houston

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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Questions About Myopia

Pediatric Eye Clinic

Myopia, more popularly referred to as nearsightedness, is a common refractive error currently affecting millions of Americans. While it’s a widely recognized problem, many still do not understand it completely. Your leading vision correction center, Myopia Institute, answers some frequently asked questions about this condition.

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Freedom from glasses and contact lenses ... without surgery?

Non-Surgical Vision Correction Specialized in Houston

Many people have heard of Lasik, which is a surgical laser procedure to correct vision. It works by reshaping the cornea, which is the clear “window” in front of the colored iris, and is an excellent surgical option for those who want freedom from glasses and/or contact lenses. While many people desire this type of permanent vision correction, there is another non-surgical option to consider for some to consider: ortho-keratology.

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When Contacts Make Sense for Children?

Wave Contact Lenses in Houston

The question of whether or not to wear contact lenses is less a matter of chronological age than one of maturity. Pediatric contact lens wearers must understand the importance of good contact lens hygiene, from changing disposable lenses on schedule and wearing contacts according to their intended use to cleaning permanent contacts thoroughly. It's certainly possible to prescribe contacts to kids as young as 8 to 11 years of age. Contact lenses offer certain significant benefits for some younger patients with refractive errors such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. These include:

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All About Eye Exams for Your Children

Pediatric Optometrist in Houston

Your children’s sense of sight is a significant factor in their learning and development. In fact, most kids are visual learners, which is why they often mimic your gestures and other things they see. This is one reason your expert optometrist emphasizes the need to take care of their eyes properly.

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4 Popular Myopia Myths You Should Stop Believing In

Myopia involves difficulty seeing things from afar. Your close-range vision, however, remains unaffected, which is why it’s also referred to as nearsightedness. Although it’s a common vision problem, many still believe certain myths about it, preventing them from seeking appropriate treatment. Let your expert optometrist from the Myopia Institute reveal the truth behind four popular myopia misconceptions.

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Ortho-K Specialized in Houston

Ortho-K For Kids

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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Keratoconus Specialized in Houston

Keratoconus Causes

Researchers have found that the damaged cornea shows signs of oxidation damage to the Bowman's Layer caused by free radicals. The cells create an enzyme called "leukocyte", a common antigen related protein (LAR) that is not found in normal corneas. It is felt that if cornea membrane cells are only partially damaged they can heal, but over time corneal cells can be killed causing vision loss.

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Scheduling Eye Exams For Your Child

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says on its website that your family doctor or pediatrician likely will be the first medical professional to examine your child's eyes.

If eye problems are suspected during routine physical examinations, a referral might be made to an eye doctor for further evaluation. Eye doctors have specific equipment and training to assist them with spotting potential vision problems.

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Pediatric Optometrist in Houston

Orthokeratology for Kids Suffering from Myopia

Myopia Control for Children

Before we discuss the use of orthokeratology in kids’ eye care, let’s explain the basics of what it is and how it works. Typically called ortho-k, this cutting-edge treatment is an effective way for people with myopia (nearsightedness) to achieve clear vision without wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses during the daytime hours. Even after years of needing vision correction, ortho-k will allow you to leave your eyeglasses and contacts at home when you head out for the day. And this is all accomplished without a need for surgery.

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Orthokeratology Doctor in Houston

Is Ortho-K Safe For Children?

Ortho-K is a safe and easy way to help children correct their vision. Worn like a retainer at night, Ortho-K shapes the cornea of your child’s eye gently and safely, allowing for improved vision during the day.

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Ortho-K Specialized in Houston

Ortho-K for Children

Ortho-K, short for orthokeratology or overnight vision correction (OVC) uses custom made contact lenses to gently correct your vision whilst you sleep. This provides clear, natural vision without the need to wear contact lenses or spectacles during the day.

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