If a child is having trouble reading, itâ€™s only logical for parents to bring them in for a vision check. And if the child shows 20/20 vision, itâ€™s logical to conclude the problem might originate somewhere besides the eyes. But that may not be the case, according to a recent study of Canadian children published in the Journal of Optometry.
Dr. Lisa Christian from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues performed a retrospective review of these children who had all had complete eye exams. These children also had Individual Education Plans (IEP) specifically directed at improving their reading abilities.
The authors found that while most of the children had good eyesight, a substantial proportion had binocular vision that was below the normal limits on testing, so the children may have experienced blurred images, poor depth perception, or double vision among other problems when they read.
Such problems can result from a variety of conditions, such as misaligned eyes, or poor functioning of the oculomotor muscles. A person with such problems will typically have difficulty reading â€” they may lose their place easily and develop eyestrain.
So when there is an issue with a child’s learning to read, it could be important to determine whether eye problems other than myopia are the cause.
Any doctor who has spent a day seeing patients knows that the repetitive motions and awkward postures are par for the course. But that time spent bending over equipment can lead to some pretty serious aches and pains by the end of the day. And those little aches and pains can lead to some pretty serious long-term musculoskeletal issues that can be temporarily or permanently debilitating.
Here are a few tips that can help prevent those little pains from becoming big ones.
- Pay attention to your posture throughout the day and try to keep your motions as ergonomic as you can.
- Be cognizant of your repetitive motions and try to vary them.
- Position equipment (and patients) with comfort in mind. Have your patients lean into you, rather than you to them.
- Invest in elbow rests where you need them. And wrist rests for your keyboard.
- Take time to stretch.
- When operating, consider standing versus sitting. And invest in anti-fatigue mats for anywhere youâ€™ll be standing for long periods of time.
- When purchasing new equipment, keep ergonomics in mind.
Remember that those little motions, while only lasting a moment at a time, can build up over the course of the day, weeks, and months, making for lasting effects over a career.
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So says a peer-reviewed meta-analysis of worldwide literature that shows patient satisfaction rates are up to 98%, and 90% of patients achieve 20/20 vision.
The meta-study led by Kerry D. Solomon, M.D. and his colleagues reviewed LASIK outcomes from 97 articles in the peer-reviewed literature representing 67,893 eyes. The data was categorized and compared with results of recent FDA PROWL studies, as well as FDA nominal effectiveness criteria.
97.5 percent of patients in the PROWL-1 study and 91.5 percent in the PROWL-2 study achieved 20/20 vision or better.
LASIK Beats Correction with Glasses or Contacts
LASIK lowers the prevalence of glare and halo, ghosting and star-bursting with no correction compared to the patient’s best correction with glasses or contact lenses.
When nominal FDA effectiveness criterion of 85% of patients achieving 20/40 or better UCVA is considered, “Across the board, whether it’s conventional, advanced treatment ablation or others, they all blew it out of the water. They are way, way better than what the FDA criteria recommend,” Solomon said. Solomon reported UCVA of 20/20 or better of 90.8% in a series of 61,331 eyes and UCVA of 20/40 or better.
The Eagles are world champions in more ways than one. Sure, they brought home the Vince Lombardi trophy for winning the Big Game, but off the field they’re championing vision care for uninsured and under-insured children in Greater Philadelphia. The Eagles Charitable Foundation has been providing free vision screenings, eye exams and prescription glasses since 1996.
Shortly after being selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft, offensive lineman Jermane Mayberry, made it his mission to help area children with their eye care. He had suffered from an underdeveloped optic nerve in his left eye as a youth, so he knew first-hand how debilitating it can be for a child to suffer from an eye condition. As a result, his desire to help those in need inspired the creation of the Eagles Eye Mobile.
The Eagles Eye Mobile and Eye Glasses Lab travels to more than 120 schools each year. Since 1996, the program has benefited more than 81,000 children and distributed more than 56,000 glasses. And Bell Ophthalmic is a proud part of that team, providing technical support to the Eagles Eye Mobile over the years.
If you’d like to donate to the program, check out the Eagles Charitable Foundation.
For ophthalmologists, the holidays continue all-year-long with every month designated as an eye holiday observance. Yes, you belong to a unique group of party animals. The Eye Months also give you a planned way to raise patient education and encourage screenings. Organizations and manufacturers put money and promotion behind these observances, so you can piggy back off existing publicity.
Here are a few ways to make your own eye month celebrations.
- Post educational information, tips and images to your social media. These are topics you are intimately familiar with, but the average patient? Not so much.
- Do free screening at retirement communities, schools, or PTAs
- Prepare a 10-minute presentation on each of the topics, and have a staff member book you at the Kiwanis, Rotary, and fitness organizations in your area
- Issue a press release a good 10 days before the Eye Month you’re promoting, and maybe you’ll get picked up as a source, too.
Planning activities for Eye Months is low-cost, good patient education, and credible promotion for you and your practice.
|Feb||Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month|
|Mar||Workplace Eye Wellness Month|
|Apr||Sports Eye Safety Month|
|May||Healthy Vision Month|
|Jun||Fireworks Eye Safety & Cataract Awareness Month|
|Jul||UV Safety Month|
|Aug||Child eye health / Safety|
|Sep||Healthy Aging Month|
|Oct||Halloween Safety Month|
|Nov||Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month|
|Dec||Safe toys and Celebrations Month|