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Saying Goodbye to Kinder, And Hello to Clearer!

Check out Baylee and her new specs! Baylee’s favorite color is purple!… But also pink… And probably blue too.

Many school aged children have near vision issues that don’t result in blurry vision that we think about when we look far away. The eyes can struggle to see up close like people who need cheaters. To them, this is their NORMAL. They aren’t aware anything is wrong. Make sure to have your child examined before the new year in order to avoid missing an ocular issue!

Our Grand Opening in the Books!

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Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Friday, April 5th at West Side Preventative EyeCare in Beachcliff Market Square!

We had a great turn out and even a better time! The event was hosted by Bausch and Lomb, catered by Al Pita and Whole Foods! We were joined by the Mayor of Rocky River, Pam Bobst. A special thank you as well to Angela Dudek from the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce for her help in setting everything up! A big thank you to Kevin Naughton for doing the video work and taking photos.

The following were the winners of our raffles:

 

Free 6 Month Supply of Contact Lenses: Linda

Free Complete Pair of Glasses: Kathryn

Free Complete Pair of Glasses: Kevin

Dr. Hooper Shares His Top 3 Eye Health Tips!

Team IBB Pt 2

Dr. Hooper joins Team IBB once again to share what he thinks is necessary to keep your eyes healthy!

[Auto-Generated Transcript] [Music] welcome back to the bonus video with dr.
Ryan Hooper aka
dr. age and we’re gonna go through your
top three keys to eye health or eye
success or success with your eyes or
whatever whatever you want to call it
just I’m super excited because I have
not seen you for a while you were now in
my defense you were in Texas right so
that was a long drive for my eyes but
I’m looking forward to checking out your
new location in Rocky River sign me up
and I’m looking forward to learning more
yeah so I think the one thing that I’d
really like to share right off the bat
is talking about preventative eye health
my new location is you’ve referred to in
Rocky River as Westside preventative eye
care I really want to explain to people
why I health is important to that I
think that you know we talked about
dentistry and and the medical profession
they’ve done a great job of really
explaining why going and seeing them is
important for your health and I think we
have optometrists have really dropped
the ball on explaining like like why why
does this help you how does this benefit
you can come see us so a stat is like
the average person the AOA recommends
you see an optometrist every year to
take a look at the back of the eye make
sure everything looks healthy the
average person comes in about every
three and a half years so yeah that’s
alright so just to kind of show people I
think that you know we hear about
diabetes and things that can affect the
eyes a lot of people don’t even know
that but you can go blind from diabetes
so two cases that I’ve seen one
gentleman came in completely
asymptomatic was questioning whether he
wanted to do a dilated eye exam like a
systemic symptomatic that means like no
problem I’m just I don’t have that
doctor brain so you gotta talk to me
like a kid so he came in no problems no
complaints just came in for a routine
eye exam was questioning you know should
we do the dilation I’m like well you
know what’s recommended every year so we
went ahead did the dilation I looked
back and I saw a tumor in his eye
actually so typically when a tumor comes
into the retina we’re talking about
leaving the liver metastasizing from the
liver or the lung so you know we sent
him on his way and and you know he got
care but that’s something that I bet
most people don’t think about when I’m
sure he didn’t come in thinking wow yeah
so and then you mentioned Maya time in
Texas there was a patient I saw you know
she came in didn’t tell me this but was
at the hospital previously that day and
came in with blurred vision I looked in
the back of the eye and you know I saw
swelling and hemorrhaging and bleeding
and things in the back of the eye yeah
and unfortunately I had to send for
blood work
you know there’s different viruses and
things that you can acquire that cause
of bleeding in the back of the eye but
that helps that patient diagnosed you
know it’s again talking about a holistic
approach yeah she had a virus in her
body that I was able to look in the back
of the eye and see the problem so you
know a lot of people talking about the
eyes the window to the soul but it’s
curious certainly as a window in Wow
into the into the body it’s the only
place in the body we can see the blood
vessels in the back of the eye and
actually look at one of your cranial
nerves cranial nerve to the optic nerve
that runs to the eye so we literally get
to look at part of your brain and part
of your vascular structure everything
and then so you can you know obviously
depending on the situation but you can
say hey based on your the vascular
structure of your of your what’s going
on in your eyes you may have some issues
in your liver or you may have some
issues in other places a lot of times
kidneys
high blood pressure is one thing that we
can diagnose the female patient that I
saw in Texas had high blood pressure too
which also could have caused some of
that bleeding in the back so when we
talk about preventative eye health and
when we think about preventative eye
health these are all things that we
wouldn’t necessarily catch if we didn’t
do a dilated exam look in the back of
the eye you know if that tumor that I
was talking about traveled from some
area somewhere else
how do you really find that without
right before it’s too late
yeah yeah so that’s so well I’m not
gonna I’m not gonna jump in so I’m want
to derail what’s going on so that I have
so many questions but all right so
preventative eye health you recommend is
it once a year every six months or what
what’s defined preventative eye health
you know if I or someone watching this
is they okay I need to commit to that
what does it look like yeah so a dilated
eye exam every year is what’s
recommended by the American Optometric
Association so so coming in once a year
doing the dilated exam I mean it stinks
nobody wants to do it really this is you
know it does blur your vision up close
it’ll last for three about three to four
hours so if you bring somebody to the
appointment that can drive you it’s
really not that bad one but it could be
good bonding time with the old buddy as
long as you have a driver I mean it
doesn’t really affect people too much in
other ways okay so just make it part of
your routine make it part of your just
like your physical um you know and
really not over wearing those contacts
and things like that
speaking of contacts I believe that you
will help me get contacts in my I wanted
to an eye doctor I spent about an hour
trying to get the contact him but
because what legally you can’t you can’t
send someone off with contacts until
they’ve actually got them in their eyes
correct I can take them out okay so I
yet I’m yet to have con
because I’ve never been able to get them
in my eyes before my eventually my nose
starts bleeding and I get all right it
was bad
not everybody is so I poked my so many
times in my nose terribly that was that
was a very very they had like every
single person that worked there like at
every position in the building was
coming from there like just like just
like try this try that try that so don’t
give up hope don’t give up hope so but
it you know if we can get the context
I’m sure you can provide me the classes
and we’ll be good to go so prevent to do
all kinds of fun so and that
preventative portion will extend to when
we talk about preventative health
obviously when I was talking about kind
of a holistic or systemic stuff that we
can find in the back that not many
people know about we can actually talk
about your prescription as well when I
talk about a preventative approach to
eye care
I’m also thinking about your actual
vision so since 1960s and 70s
nearsighted rates have actually doubled
in the United States and I think when
you think about like which is what I
have yes okay nearsighted means I have
trouble seeing far away a farsighted
means I have yeah trouble seeing says
the ass a little bit the opposite so I
taught you well thank you so in China
it’s actually around 90% of the
population is nearsighted and they have
actually been really leading the way on
how to actually reduce nearsightedness
in the population when we talk about
nearsightedness we’re mainly talking
about the eyeball stretching so I put
you at a higher risk of retinal
detachments which eventually causes
blindness you know glaucoma macular
degeneration everything that you don’t
really want to hear us talk about way up
you puts you at a little higher risk for
it okay so they’ve really been on the
forefront of how do we reduce
nearsightedness or at least nearsighted
progression you know it’s kind of easy
to understand why our prescription
they’re going up for nearsighted
prescriptions because we do so much
right in front of our faces now right
how many three five-year-olds do we see
that are using a tablet or a cell phone
right so our eyes are just trying to
adapt to that and move the vision and
because they it’s just a natural
adaptation we used to get something
called college myopia where you would go
to school you will start studying and
then your sighted vision would creep
them then around 21 22 now we’re seeing
that 8 9 10 years old and then earlier
that that my Opia starts or
nearsightedness starts the more
aggressive it is so it is becoming a
problem so as far as preventive health
and preventive eye care and how we look
to treat that is a corneal mold called
orthokeratology it’s almost like if you
think about again Dennis have done great
jobs of explaining what happens it’s
basically like a corneal mold is like a
retainer for the eye so for lower
prescriptions you can actually wear
these corneal molds overnight they
correct your vision throughout the
daytime and you actually don’t need to
wear anything through the day now the
benefit associated with that is it
actually stops the eye from growing by
about 46 to 50 percent so young children
who come in with a small prescription we
can place these corneal molds on their
eyes check make sure that they fit well
they go home they sleep in the corneal
mold and the next day they come in they
take it off their 20/20 and we don’t
really see progression of their
prescription it kind of stops it in
their tracks
so what oh yeah what I hope to do at
Westside preventive eye care and rocky
river is you know when we see emerging
nearsighted patients provide them with
these corneal molds and try to stop
progression of myopia and that’s a nice
trick it’s awesome yeah so okay so
that’s where so JJ he’s almost 2 years
old so is there a certain age that I
mean obviously like he’s not having any
issues like same thing laser there’s a
there a certain age that you bring your
children in to see you like how does
that work yeah so I think it’s important
to get eyes
before the age of three a lot of times
we’re really just looking for gross
abnormalities do you have an eye turn
you know just on my test so I see a huge
reflection of a huge prescription you
know the eyes somewhat underdeveloped so
we expect to find like a farsighted
prescription up until about age eight so
I would say one two three and then
really every two years from there until
we start getting into what’s the
prescription now
okay so typically what I recommend cool
but I could so like but I could book an
appointment me and him together
absolutely he could drive me home he’s
ready cool all right let’s figure that
part out but no he you know for him we
would just you know really look for any
gross abnormalities he’s not gonna be
able to tell me one or two which is
better but we’ll be looking for you know
a general prescription if you see people
with eye turns and things like that a
lot of times not always but sometimes
those cases could have been caught
earlier and corrected before they get to
that point as well so again preventative
preventive eye care
maybe not something that people think
about and is that something that like
those like the retainers for your eyes
quote-unquote is that something that I
could like that could help me from
having my vision continue or it might is
it too late for me yeah so that’s a good
question so typically typically the
biggest change in prescription comes
between eight and twelve years old so
the later that that progressed it
happens yeah
the later that that happens the less
aggressive it is so the patient that I
really need to get into the corneal mold
is that six seven eight year old that’s
starting starting to show signs of
myopia so I wear corneal mold tonight
I’m not wearing anything right now with
your prescription
I believe you’re a Lome I hope you could
wear them and you wouldn’t see
progression but typically after the age
of 21 22 the eye has stopped growing and
you don’t see a whole lot of program in
any way okay but you know
it’s the benefit of not wearing contacts
or anything during the day morning
dryness during the day especially for
those of us that can’t even get the
contact in there right yeah one day one
day so alright so we got the
preventative I health yeah
the myopia control yeah correct and then
yeah so so really just maybe kind of
understanding the guidelines of what we
were kind of talking about reasons that
it’s important to change your contact
lenses so you do want to come in every
year to it the most and have that
dilated eye exam done like like I said
the American Optometric Association
recommends we come in every year
preventative eye health is something we
really need to think about changing your
contact lenses
another thing that maybe people don’t
necessarily think about is is over
wearing their context I just wear them
until I get until I I have some buddies
really I just wear them until like I can
barely see any more like and so the
reason that’s happening is because all
these things are getting stuck to your
contact lenses and that’s opening your
vision so if you think about different
things that can get stuck to your
contact lenses bacteria and viruses
fungi even in cases and if you
accidentally fall asleep with that
contact while you’re creating a moist
warm and buoyant environment for that
fungus that virus or that bacteria to
grow we’ve seen we’ve seen cases of
blindness occur from someone who sleeps
in their contact lines so so really just
like I said I think maybe we’ve as a
profession of dropped the ball on
educating patients on what these things
are so not sleeping in your contacts you
know coming in every year and getting an
exam done and just kind of following
those guidelines I think is really the
key to success as far as so stop making
excuses and just do it just this just
make mark Kramer just awesome so very
cool well so preventive care making sure
that you are controlling your my
Oh piya correct I wouldn’t say tomato
tomahto okay all right cool
but and then just do it just just so
that’s where my commitment to everybody
is sign me up we’re going to get me
going and JJ will be there sounds good
bring Eric the whole love the whole
family yeah party man happiness in your
eyes so anything else to add my man
I don’t think come see us over in Rocky
River Westside preventative eye care
we’re in Beach cliff market square beach
cliff market square awesome very cool
well well thank you so much man
appreciate it thank you everyone for
joining us for this bonus video I’ve
learned a lot so thank you again for
everything you do and your expertise I
hope you joined a lot and until next
time stay burn proof
keep your eyes

Myopia Epidemic

Myopia, or nearsighted, rates are increasing at an alarming rate. More people than ever are flocking to their nearest optometrist and booking appointments for contact lenses and eyeglasses due to myopia.

 

Orthokeratology is a tool we as Optometrists can use to reduce the dependence of patients on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Especially if instituted at an early age.

Dr. Hooper Sits Down With Team IBB To Define Success – Part 2

Team IBB Pt 2

Dr. Hooper joins Team IBB once again to give part 2 on his view of success in the workplace, relationships, and beyond.

[Auto-Generated Transcript]

[Music]
welcome back we are here for part two of
the hashtag IBB top three trilogy with
the one and only dr. H and he's sharing
with us his top three H's to success go
back and watch part 1 if you missed it
and I'm really excited to get into the
second page to success so what
don't hold back what is it so the second
H we'll be talking about today is
homeostasis well fancy mansions
homeostasis is that science those are
like doctor words so I think you know if
you've taken a like a college-level
biology course that I was talking about
homeostasis which apparently I'm Mrs.
which is a biological term but also just
the concept that's been around forever
like when we talk about yin and yang
we're talking about the balance right homeostasis is a literal biological term for the balance of your body chemistry so I think homeostasis and success is important really balancing your life I found very quickly an optometry school that if I just worked myself to the core there was no room for you know we talked about mental health these days everybody mental health is everybody like everybody you got to maintain your own positive attitude and if you burn yourself out on what you're doing how can you possibly provide for my case patient care effectively if I'm worn out from from working myself yeah if you're not taking care of yourself how can you take care of others exactly it's and I've heard that it's in it would you agree that it's easier said than done yeah for sure you know because like I talked about in the last video like the H that's going on explained is or unsaid rather is hard work like you can't replace hard work that's got to be on your plate if you want to be successful I think and that goes for everything kind of a holistic approach talking about relationships take work family you know everything yeah everything takes work so yeah whether it's just business or whatever you know but you got to maintain a balance alongside that hard work because do you feel like for its time' it's like when you say like the the homeostasis when you put it in like a yin and yang like for me I was like oh this is cool like this is like the legit you know scientific way to explain that so thank you for that thank you doctor no but the for me like I just and I almost did init that's where I let the work side just run my life and I understood and you understand and for those of you watching this that have obtained success in in the work life and the work side of life so to speak you have to make a lot of sacrifices in your personal life but I've for me it was like I through it wasn't I didn't even try to balance it like I through like I have my health like I was just like gaining weight quit exercise like just like I literally threw away everything besides work yeah if that makes sense and then getting married you know I was same deal I warlike well I'm thereat boggles my mind that your marriage or your relationships outside of work like you put some it's not called work so to speak you know but it just we just expect it to all work out yeah like you're working so hard at work and you're like well if I don't work so hard then it then it won't work out and then you go home or you go you know you go to your personal life and you're like why isn't this working out because that you know you're on cruise control so yeah just it I think that this is a big gut check for me is having homeostasis and all times were working hard at work but not to the point where I don't have anything left in me to bring home and for the family so because that yeah but we throws many great relationships and we throwaway so many personal things we built just because it we just right it's like you can't just it's not off an onion you're always on like is there so is there anything I'm sorry I'm like going on right here because that is success rate it's like maintaining all those things yeah that'swhy the first age we talked about was aholistic approach yeah all those thingsare kind of encompassed in that and you you are you are an entire person andthat entire person has to be successfulso you need to leave enough in the tankthat you can like spread those resources we're all human yeah and some that youyou've talked about is like and and I'veheard it depends on you know who youlisten to who you talk to but somepeople that wall I go to work I put onmy business head and I go home I put onmy dad had my husband hat or whateveryou know something you say like if youhave true homeostasis and you have aholistic approach to thing you talkabout you don't really need to wear ahat that so for me like again anotherthing with steel but like can you talkmore about just be I said you like beyou not don't just be wearing whateverhats all the time yeah because when Ithink about when I think about peoplewearing hats do you know they say oh youneed to put on your business hat andthink about this this way I I don't knowthat that's who I am I think putting ona hat is me trying to transform myselfinto into something else that I'm not Iwant I want my business to reflect me asa person yeah and I think that you knowwe can strive to improve in differentareas you know when I put on my doctorhat every day I don't necessarily putthat on it's something I carry with meall the time you can leave your home Ithink I think that you know we wearthose hats all the time and you justneed to be yourself and as long asyou're you know we'll talk about in thein the third video like if you'repositive if you maintain a good attitudeand and if you're passionate about whatyou do those hats you're wearing one hatand it's yourselfyeah and that's and it's the you hat andthat's the only one you need to wearwear your hat wear your hatthat's that is uh that's awesome andthat's that I think that that issomething that obviously worth with IBBwas that was the game-changer for me wasthat that was the moment it was Jamesversus and I'd be interested to get yourfeedback on this dish and share withanybody out there that because I feellike you get you know like yourcertifications like you're like youactually got your doctorate you know butlike you kind of I felt like I had Icouldn't be James anymore because Jameswas not the expert and James was just acollege kid and James ran you know likejust James just was a lead singer likelead singer in a band like I I did allthis stuff but it had nothingspecifically to do with what I was doingon a day to day basis yeah so I feltlike I had it like well if I talk aboutwho James was that nobody will respectwho James is now that makes sense sowhich it kind of mean it had theopposite effect for like is thatsomething that you've that you've had tobattle through as well as like well I'ma doctor but hey by the way I'm alsoalso me I'm also me and now I guess howdo you not lose yourself in the processof like climbing this professionalfunnel you're just like you're gettingpushed into this professional funnelwhere you don't feel like you can justact normal anymore yeah I mean the theprocess or the or the thought process ofmaintaining homeostasis is really whatgot me through a lot of those things andjust you know I am I'm a millennial yeah[Laughter]yeah but I have embraced it now and youknow when I when I when I think abouthow I want to run my practice or when Ithink about how I want to treat myemployees like that's just that's justwho I am and you know I don't thinkthere's anything wrong with that withoutyou know kind of taking a holistic viewof my my workforce like you knowthey have lives outside of thereforethey're not just again going back toyou're not a transactional person rightthat is not your style your style is nottransactional it is it is it is way moreand that's cool man and I tried to puton my hat and force that yeah when I'mnot my transact yeah just I'm gonna be afraud yeah I think success is justfinding you being comfortable with youand maintaining you throughout the wholeprocess that's because that's where -like I would want to come work for RyanHooper and then if I showed up to yourlocation in Rocky River and I'm like ohhey what's going on man how are you andyou're like you're like whoa time outI'm now wearing my past-due body whoathree minutes later fired I got myemployer hat on you're in trouble wegonna need to talk to HR yeah and then Iput on my HR head be like you're firedand if that's you I mean yeah it's gonnareflect you that's fine but you knowI've you know I've tried to maintainmyself throughout this whole process andsink-or-swim I'm gonna be me and I thinkthat's I think that's a measure ofsuccess as well yeah I like itawesome awesome well very cool wellthank you for that I'm looking forwardto your final piece and your bonus tipvideo as well and thank you all forbeing here and until next time stay burnproof

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!

Exercise and Your Eye Health

Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, as well as other eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Whereas, a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of these diseases and of vision loss, studies show that even moderate exercise at least three times a week can improve the prognosis of the above-mentioned chronic illnesses and reduce the risks of developing vision threatening eye diseases. 

Inactivity is an even higher risk factor if you have other co-factors for developing eye diseases, including: a family history, previous eye injury or surgery, diabetes, high blood pressure or very high myopia. A combination of healthy lifestyle habits which include regular exercise and a nutritious diet and tending to your mental and emotional well-being can reduce these risks significantly.

Tips for Incorporating Physical Activity Into Your Day

  1. Make it a priority. Schedule your exercise time into your day as if it is a non-negotiable appointment. Find the time of day that works best – for some that is early morning and for others late at night. Work your way up to a half hour at least three times a week. 
  2. Be realistic. You don’t need to become a fitness expert to experience the benefits of exercise. Walking, yoga, swimming, even dancing around the house are all options for staying fit. Find a type of exercise that you love so you will enjoy working this habit into your life.
  3. Just move. Find ways to move your body throughout your day. Park your car a little further away from the mall entrance, take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk or bike to work. Remember, every little bit of movement helps.
  4. Find something you enjoy. Often finding the right exercise is a good stress reliever, and reducing stress will also reduce risk of many chronic diseases.
  5. It’s never too late. Exercise for the elderly can be a challenge especially during the cold winter months, when many seniors can’t get out of the house due to the weather. Even walking up and down the stairs in the house or following an exercise video can be helpful to keep from being sedentary.

Protection & Prevention

If you are exercising outdoors or playing contact sports, make sure to protect your eyes with sunglasses or sports safety glasses to ensure your eye health and safety. 

Regular exercise can significantly decrease your risks of certain eye conditions but you still have to ensure that you visit your eye doctor for regular exams. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year to ensure your vision and your eyes are healthy and to catch any possible problems as early as possible.

Eye health and disease prevention are just two of the many health and wellness benefits you gift yourself when you make exercise a regular part of your lifestyle. Speak to your doctor if you have any health issues that need to be considered. At any age or level of physical fitness, you can find some form of exercise that works for you. 

 

Progressive Myopia: When Your Child’s Vision Keeps Getting Worse

What Is Progressive Myopia?

Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population!

Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they grow into adolescence. This condition can be so aggressive that for some, each time they take their child to the eye doctor for a vision checkup, their prescription gets higher. 

This is called progressive myopia and can be a serious condition for many children now and in the future. Not only is there a financial burden and inconvenience associated with having to replace eyeglasses on a regular basis, but high myopia is a risk factor for many eye diseases later in life such as retinal detachment, early onset cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. 

What Causes Progressive Myopia?

Myopia is a refractive error that happens when the eye focuses incoming light in front of the retina, rather than directly on it, resulting in blurred distance vision. While an exact cause of progressive myopia is not known, most research indicates that a combination of environmental and genetic factors trigger the condition. 

First of all, there is evidence that a family history of nearsightedness is a contributing factor. Additionally, spending a lot of time indoors may play a role in myopia development, as studies show that children who spend more time outside have less incidence of myopia. Lastly, near point stress, which can be caused from looking at a near object for an extended period of time, can prompt the eye to grow longer and result in myopia. Several eye doctors recommend following the 20-20-20 rule when using digital devices (stopping every 20 minutes to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds) to reduce near point stress caused by computer use. 

What Can Be Done To Prevent or Treat Myopia?

There are several treatments that have been shown to slow the progression of myopia.

Orthokeratology (ortho-k):

Also known as corneal reshaping, this treatment uses rigid gas permeable contact lenses that are worn while the patient sleeps to reshape the cornea, which is the clear, front part of the eye. During the day, the patient is usually able to see clearly, glasses-free. In addition to allowing glasses-free vision during the day, this treatment has been shown to reduce the progression of myopia in many children. 

Distance Center Multifocal Contact Lenses:

This treatment uses distance center (which means the area for seeing at a distance is in the center of the lens) multifocal soft contact lenses to provide clear vision and slow the progression of myopia. The lenses are worn as normal contact lenses during the day.

Atropine Drops:

Atropine drops are a daily-use prescription eye drop that has been shown to reduce myopia progression. It can be used alone or in combination with ortho-k or multifocal contact lenses. 

Additional Myopia Treatments:

While these treatments are available in all of North America, some countries offer additional options that are approved for myopia control. For example, in Canada, ZeissTM MyoVision glasses that have an innovative lens curvature design are available to help reduce the rate of myopia progression. Additionally some doctors in Canada offer Coopervision MiSight® lenses, which are 1-day contact lenses that are worn during the daytime. These contacts have a multifocal lens design with distance centre and near surround that is specifically designed for children. 

Myopia & Your Child

If your child’s vision keeps getting worse, it’s more than an annoyance – it can be a serious risk factor for their eye health and vision in the future. The best strategy for myopia control depends on the child and the severity of the case, and requires consultation with an experienced eye doctor in order to determine the best solution. If your child wears glasses, make his or her vision a priority; schedule an eye exam to ensure stable vision and healthy eyes. 

 

The Dangers of An Online Eye Test

An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous. 

What is an online eye test really testing? 

An online eye test is actually not an eye test at all but just a vision or sight test – and a partial test at that.  It is designed to measure your visual acuity and refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism) and to determine an eyeglass prescription – which is the lens power needed to correct the refractive error in your vision. 

Given that there is no one with medical training actually performing or checking the accuracy of the test, it is questionable how well the exam does even this. In fact, when an eye doctor does a refraction for glasses or contact lenses it also involves some judgement on the doctor’s part.  The eye doctor will often adjust the prescription slightly based on the patient’s age, occupation or hobbies.  The doctor may prescribe a prism in the lenses to help with binocularity and to prevent double vision in those who have deviations of the eye. There is no way an online exam can do any of this. 

Further, a refraction is only one very small part of an eye exam and if it takes the place of a regular comprehensive eye exam by an eye doctor, you put your eyes and vision at serious risk. 

A Comprehensive Eye Exam – Where Online Tests Fail

Even if the eyes see clearly and you have 20/20 vision, there may still be vision problems or eye disease present even without pain, blurred vision or other symptoms.  What the online eye test fails to measure is your complete visual health and capacity (beyond just visual acuity), the curvature of the eye (which is needed for accurate lens prescriptions- especially for contact lenses) and an assessment of the health of the eye itself. 

Just as we need regular medical and dental checkups as a part of preventative health care to prevent disease and maintain our health, we also need regular eye exams. A vision test  does not suffice. A comprehensive eye exam will examine much more than just how well you see. It will also check for visual processing, color vision, depth perception and proper eye movement.  It will measure your eye pressure, examine the back of your eye and look for early signs of eye disease or conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, tumors and high blood pressure – many of which threaten your eyes and vision if not caught early. 

If you do have some vision loss, the doctor will be able to determine if there is any serious underlying problem that is causing the disturbance in your vision. If you don’t have symptoms that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. Many serious eye conditions develop gradually without any symptoms. Some eye diseases do not affect the macula, and therefore you may still have good vision even though there is a problem (such as glaucoma, early dry macular degeneration, early cataract, diabetes, blood pressure and even tumors). Many of these conditions threaten the eyes and even general health if not caught early and when undetected they can cause permanent and irreversible damage to your vision 

Eye exams are the best way to detect these early and treat them before they develop into serious eye problems. 

Whether online vision tests are inaccurate, misleading or simply insufficient, they can fail to provide essential information and can delay or prevent vision saving treatments. Additionally, you could be walking around with the wrong vision prescription which can cause unnecessary eye strain, headaches and difficulty.  

Will an Online Eye Test Really Save you Money?

No. Besides the fact that most eye exams are covered by insurance, the eye exam you are getting from an eye doctor is much more thorough and comprehensive than an online eye test, so you are not comparing apples to apples.  The eye doctor’s exam uses real equipment and performs a complete and professional evaluation of your vision and eye health. There is simply no comparing this to a self administered test on a computer screen. 

An online eye test may be touted as a time and money saving convenience however, that is hardly the case. An eye exam is a medical procedure that requires training, precision, and proper equipment.  Anything less can put your eyes and vision at serious risk.