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Infantsee Program

Click here to see Dr. Boren on KRNV News Channel 4 June 29th to talk about the Infantsee Program initiative, organized by the American Optometric Association. Our doctors are providers in the program, and are happy to better public healthcare by providing access to infant eye examinations.

Below is an excerpt from the Infantsee website with information about the program.

“Cooing, sitting up, and crawling are all signs that a baby is growing. But, did you know that a baby’s vision has stages of development too? Signs marking vision development are often less noticeable even to parents, teachers, and other health care providers. That’s why the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling an infant’s first eye exam around six months of age, immediately after the eye undergoes rapid and profound changes and is therefore most vulnerable to interference with healthy development.

InfantSEE, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, AOA member optometrists provide a no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants 6-12 months old regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage.

While many parents may think that a vision screening is enough, a study funded by the National Eye Institute found that even the most sophisticated vision screening tools, administered by the most highly-trained vision screeners, will miss one-third of children with an eye or vision disorder.[i] InfantSEE provides early intervention using necessary specialized equipment and procedures – which are not available as part of most vision screenings. During an InfantSEE assessment a doctor of optometry will test for excessive of unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, eye movement ability, eye health problems, and discuss patient and family history. Comprehensive eye and vision care is important to detect problems early to ensure babies have the opportunity to develop the visual abilities they need to grow and learn.

Experts estimate that one in five preschool children have a vision problem and one in four school age children need or wear corrective lenses.[ii] Undetected and untreated eye and vision disorders, such as amblyopia and strabismus, too often become barriers to learning, leading to delayed reading and poorer outcomes in school. In-person comprehensive eye exams provided by an eye doctor are essential and thoroughly effective at identifying and ensuring early treatment for the range of vision and eye health issues that can impact a child’s development and learning abilities. Conversely, simple vision screenings – which are often used by some health providers, in school districts, and by screening advocacy organizations – are a limited process and cannot be used to diagnosis an eye or vision problem. The good news is that millions of children have coverage for annual comprehensive eye exams and needed vision correction treatment – including eyeglasses – through their private insurance or federal programs like Medicaid and, in many states, CHIP. Help make sure that children have all of the tools and abilities that they need to succeed in school and later in life by ensuring direct-access to regular comprehensive eye exams provided in-person and by an eye doctor. For more information about the importance of comprehensive eye exams for all children and to find an AOA provider near you, please visit www.aoa.org.

[i] Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study Group. “Findings from the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study.” Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry 86.6 (2009): 619-623.[ii] American Optometric Association. Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline-Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination. (1995, 2002, 2015): 10.”

My Child Has Myopia—Now What?

My Child Has Myopia—Now What?

Trouble seeing the board at school, frequent squinting, complaints of headaches, a rising amount screen time—whatever prompted you to schedule an eye appointment for your child, it was clear: something was wrong. Next, you learn that your child has myopia or nearsightedness. What do you do now? First, it’s important that you do something. That may seem obvious, but it’s important to underscore here because that hasn’t always been the case with myopia. Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, often meant glasses with continually higher prescriptions as the condition progressed and vision declined. Perhaps that was even your own experience. Since then, the world’s understanding of myopia has developed, and the necessary technology alongside it. Now we can do something to slow the progression of myopia and we must. Not only does slowing the progression of myopia help preserve your child’s vision, it keeps their eyes healthier and at less risk for serious eye conditions later on such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachment, all conditions that can lead to visual impairment and even blindness.1 Fortunately, you have options to support your child’s eye health and keep their future bright. In our practice, we can walk you through myopia management options, including Cooper Vision’s Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management Program with MiSight® 1 day contact lenses. Together, we can explore what will be the best fit for your child, their preferences and their lifestyle. We’re very excited that we’re certified to offer MiSight® 1 day, the first and only daily soft contact lens FDA approved* to slow the progression of myopia in children, aged 8-12 at the initiation oftreatment†2. It’s a simple and safe solution that works for many lifestyles, as well as being proven to slow myopia progression by about 59% on average.†2 To top it off, research also tells us that compared to children in glasses, children in contact lenses report better quality of life, especially for recreational activities and their self-perceived appearance.3 We believe that kids should grow stronger, but their nearsightedness shouldn’t. Call us at 775-787-9137 to schedule a time for a conversation about myopia and your options to support your child’s eye health.*

 

Indications for use: MiSight® 1 day (omafilcon A) soft (hydrophilic) contact lenses for daily wear are indicated for the correction of myopic ametropia and for slowing the progression of myopia in children with non-diseased eyes, who at the initiation of treatment are 8-12 years of age and have a refraction of -0.75 to -4.00 diopters(spherical equivalent) with ≤ 0.75 diopters of astigmatism. The lens is to be discarded after each removal.† Compared to a single vision lens over a 3-year period.1 Flitcroft DI. The complex interactions of retinal, optical and environmental factors in myopia etiology.

Prog Retin Eye Res.2012;31:622-60.2 Chamberlain P, et al. A 3-year randomized clinical trial of MiSight® lenses for myopia control.

Optom Vis Sci. 2019; 96(8):556-67.3 Rah MJ, et al. Vision specific quality of life of pediatric contact lens wearers. Optom Vis Sci2010;87(8):560-6.

Myopia Management

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Hello, Reno!

Myopia, or near-sightedness, is a growing concern for parents as kiddos are becoming more and more near-sighted.

While genetics are partially to blame, much of the near-sighted shift in our population is from environmental changes. We are doing more near-tasks in our day, with computers, cell phones, & online learning. Increased myopia is associated with increased risk of ocular conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachments.

We are excited to offer myopia management programs that can slow or halt your child’s near-sightedness progression. Please call office or schedule online to see if your child would be a good candidate for these options, and help set your kid up for success in their future!

 

Cheers,

Reno Family Eye Care

Now scheduling your full eye exam

Hello, Northern Nevada! We’ve missed you.

We are excited to open our doors again for our patients eye care needs, including routine eye exams. Please call us at 775-787-9137 to schedule.

As we move forward, for the safety of our patients and staff, we have made several changes to our policies and procedures.

We ask that any patient with a fever or symptoms of flu or upper respiratory disease to please reschedule their appointment. Rest assured, we remain committed to cleaning all of our equipment between each patient, and our common areas regularly throughout the day. Our updated air-filtration systems run continuously throughout the day.

If you have glasses or contacts to pick up, or your glasses need an adjustment, please call our office at 775-787-9137 when you arrive and we will be happy to deliver your items to your car.

Thank you, and we look forward to your continued support as a small, locally owned business.

-Reno Family Eye Care

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Please note we will be closed the first Wednesday of every month until 9:30 AM for staff training. We apologize for any inconvenience.