I will be honest. I have actively discouraged patients from using cosmetic contact lenses. I have done it for years. Not because I have anything against colored lenses, but because the most common lens, Freshlook, was uncomfortable and not as healthy as new lenses i prescribe.
People are familiar with the Freshlook brand of colored lenses, because it’s been around for 18 years! And until now, Freshlook was the leading brands for colored contacts. So some people feel if something works, why bother change? And for 18 years, Freshlook must have been doing something right, right? Well, who can imagine using a cell phone that was made 18 years ago? It is a ridiculous thought. Continue reading →
We have known for years that there is a link between how the eyes work and attention. This is why there are so many children who have both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and visual coordination problems. Pediatric optometrists see this in the exam room every day and it is our job to help sort out how much of a child’s difficulty is due to ADHD and how much is due to not being able to visual focus and move their eyes efficiently.
There is some new research about ADHD and eye movements that is very compelling. Researchers in Tel Aviv, Israel, led by Moshe Fried, MD, have found that by simply monitoring involuntary eye movements, ADHD can be diagnosed.
“This test is affordable and accessible, rendering it a practical and foolproof tool for medical professionals,” said Dr. Fried. “With other tests, you can slip up, make ‘mistakes’ — intentionally or not. But our test cannot be fooled. Eye movements tracked in this test are involuntary, so they constitute a sound physiological marker of ADHD.
The study also showed that Ritalin (methylphenidate) does work in improving ADHD as measured by eye movement control. What was not researched in this study is how much other treatments that also improve eye movement control influence ADHD. Optometric vision therapy is commonly used to help patients improve their voluntary and involuntary eye movements.
Clearly more research is needed to better understand the relationship between ADHD and eye control, but this new study is a step in the right direction.
The Back to School season is one of the busiest for us. In addition to all of the kids who are starting kindergarten who need eye exams, and the kids starting middle school who want contact lenses before they go, we also get high school grads getting their exam before they go off to college and teachers who want to get their exam in before the busy school year starts.
It is an exciting time, full of hope and anticipation, but it so busy for families. Buying school supplies, clothes shopping, getting in pediatrician visits and health screenings for sports, and many other tasks.
But don’t put off the eye exam, if your children haven’t had one in the last year. School is visually challenging and you want to make sure that your kids are ready for the challenge. Or as I like to say, “My job is to make sure that kids’ eyes can keep up with their brains.” (See the video below).
We try to make it has easy as possible for you to check the back to school eye exam off your list. First, we now have a second location, Bright Eyes Kids for you convenience. Second, we know that kids can get anxious about the eye exam (especially eye drops) and we have specially trained staff to make it more fun.
Finally, we have our back to school sale. If your child does need glasses, we know that having a back up pair is crucial. So for August, if you buy a complete pair of glasses for your child, you get a 2nd frame for only $49 (That second frame is basically free!).
If you have any questions about your child’s vision, visual needs, or special care, do not hesitate to call us to help you out.