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Top Ten Tips for your Children’s Eye Health

1. It is never too soon to take your child for an eye examination, as optometrists can examine children’s eyes even if they are unable to read letters. You should aim to take children for their first eye examination at least by the time they are three years old, especially if there is a family history of wearing glasses.

2. Children should have eye examinations at least once every two years, and more often, as advised by their optometrist, if they have an existing eye condition. Eye tests for children under 16 are free. It is important to know that the eye screening children receive in schools is not as detailed as the eye examination carried out by an optometrist.

3. Always make sure there is plenty of light when your child is doing their homework so they do not strain their eyes to see. An Anglepoise lamp is very useful.

4. Children of any age who are underachieving at school should have an eye examination. Poor vision is very likely to cause problems with reading and writing.

5. If you suspect that your child has a colour vision problem or if there is a family history of colour vision problems then arrange an eye examination with your local optometrist. There is no cure for colour vision deficiency but at least teachers can be made aware of this problem and avoid using certain colours in their teaching.

6. Always protect your child’s sight in the sun. There is increasing evidence to suggest that over-exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV) can contribute to the development of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and ocular melanoma (eye cancer). On average, people receive 50% of their lifetime sun exposure before they are 18 years old.

7. Make sure they eat their greens! Eating certain fruit and vegetables which contain substances called lutein and zeaxanthin could help protect against some eye conditions, in particular cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in this country. In particular ensure they eat plenty of broccoli, oranges, peas, kiwi fruits, mangoes, sweetcorn, grapes, and of course spinach!

8. If your child is computer crazy or a bookworm ensure they take regular breaks from such close work. Although there is no conclusive evidence to suggest either activity causes visual problems they can certainly lead to tired, red and sore eyes.

9. Children who rub their eyes a lot or who complain of tired eyes and frequent headaches should have an eye examination. Poor vision is a common cause of sore eyes and headaches.

10. When your child is playing certain sports, such as badminton or squash, get them to wear protective goggles so they don’t risk a dangerous eye injury. These can be obtained from your optometrist and can even have a prescription built-in.

Source: http://www.healthyeyes.org.uk/index.php?id=103

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Myopia: It’s Not Just the Length, but the Lens – Review of Optometry (April 15, 2012)

Myopia: It’s Not Just the Length, but the Lens

Myopia is commonly described as having an eyeball that is “too long.” Not exactly. A new study finds that myopia develops in children when the crystalline lens stops adapting to the eye’s continued growth, according researchers at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

The new research, published in the March issue of Optometry and Vision Science, indicates this breakdown occurs about a year before myopia actually occurs. Lead author Donald Mutti, O.D., Ph.D., and his colleagues found that in children without myopia, the lens grew thinner and flatter to maintain normal vision as the eye grew. But in children who became nearsighted, the lens stopped changing in response to eye growth.

“What this work is trying to show is that it’s not just about the length of the eye—it’s how the length of the eye relates to the rest of the eye,” Dr. Mutti says. “The onset of myopia is really the sudden occurrence of an imbalance between the growth of the eye and the development of the crystalline lens.”

To determine this, the researchers analyzed repeated measurements of vision and eye growth from 732 children ages six to 14. This data was collected over several years for the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) study, so they were able to look at the children’s eyes before, during and after the onset of nearsightedness.

They believe that the ciliary muscle, which controls accommodation, may also play a role. While current treatments for myopia target the back of the eye, these findings could suggest a different direction for the future. “If the ciliary muscle is involved in becoming myopic, there might be treatments [developed] aimed at enabling the muscle to respond to increases in the size of the eye,” Dr. Mutti says.

To that end, Melissa Bailey, O.D., Ph.D., one of Dr. Mutti’s colleagues at OSU, is currently conducting studies in which she is imaging the ciliary muscle to find out how it develops in children.

Optometry Mourns Loss Of Irvin Borish, O.D.
“I would like to see more optometrists devoted to and loyal to the field, but dissatisfied with it. In this way they keep the profession moving forward with a combination of loyalty and dissatisfaction.”
In 1999, Review of Optometry acclaimed Irvin Borish, O.D., as “The Most Influential Optometrist of Our Time.” At that time, we wrote, “His Clinical Refraction served as the bible for generations of practitioners. His foresight in the late 1960s fueled optometry’s DPA and TPA movements. And, if you’re a graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry, Dr. Borish has had a direct impact on your life.”



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Why My Eyes Felt Itchy During and After Contact Lens Wear?

Does your eyes feel itchy when wearing contact lenses?

Felt uncomfortable after contact lens wear?

For those contact lens wearer who share the above conditions, this indicate that the lens you are currently using is in a  ‘dirty‘ condition. Normally, an eversion of contact lens wearers’ upper will show the appearance of numerous papillae.


‘Dirty’ condition of the contact lenses, mainly due to  the accumulation of protein depositions, lipids, calcium and mucous from your eyes onto the contact lenses.

Thus, is your duty as a contact lens wearer, to be alert about your eyes condition.

Recommended that, you:

  • Change or upgrade the type or design of contact lens you are using.

  • Switch to daily disposable contact lenses.

  • Alter your lens care regimen to Hydrogen Peroxide System. E.g. AOSept from Ciba Vision or Oxysept from AMO.

  • Improve your ocular hygiene.

For more information, feel free to set an appointment at Ho Optometrist for a full eye assessments.

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