The Dangers of Nearsightedness:  Are Our Children at Risk?

The Dangers of Nearsightedness:  Are Our Children at Risk?

While we are all navigating life through this pandemic another epidemic continues to emerge – children are becoming more nearsighted.  In the United States the percentage of myopic individuals increased as measured in 1972 and in 2010 from 25% of the population to 46%!  And, before COVID-19, scientists were predicting that more than 40 million people in the US will be nearsighted by the year 2030. 

Getting Ready for Back to School: Will it be a good year or a struggle?

Getting Ready for Back to School: Will it be a good year or a struggle?

The summer is often a reprieve from schoolwork.  With the new school year on the horizon, a lot of families are looking forward to the new school year, yet many families are dreading returning to homework battles and other school-related struggles. What can parents do to help ensure this school year will be better than last year?  How do you help a struggling reader when nothing seems to make a difference? 

Solving Reading Difficulties

Solving Reading Difficulties

By Dr. Karen Chao OD Parents often mistakenly assume that when a child struggles with reading comprehension, it couldn’t possibly be due to a vision problem.  This is typically because the child can actually read the text out loud.  It may not be read perfectly, but...