The Biggest Problem Right In Front of Your Eyes

Golden Optometric Group Seeks Participants for Clinical Trial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

12 December 2018

David C. Ardaya, O.D., M.H.A
Phone: (562) 692-1208
Email: dca@goldenoptometric.com

Whittier, California — Nearsightedness or myopia is often thought to be simply an annoyance that requires children to wear glasses or contact lenses, but this condition is far from benign. It is now well established that people with myopia have an elevated risk of developing potentially blinding conditions such as glaucoma, choroidal neovascularization, and retinal detachment.1,2 Even more alarming is the dramatic rise in the prevalence of myopia that we have seen around the world over the last 45 years.3It is now estimated that 5 billion people will have myopia by 2050.4

Myopia has increased so much in some East Asian countries that 80-90% of school-aged children are affected.5,6 In China alone, over 450 million people are myopic prompting Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this year to issue a directive to protect children’s eyesight that includes increased regulations and control over internet video games.7

Based on foundational technology developed with academic partners, SightGlass Vision, Inc. is running a clinical trial for FDA approval for spectacles that have been designed to correct myopia as well as reduce the rate of myopic progression in children. Currently available glasses in the United States only correct myopia, but do not help prevent it from getting worse.

Golden Optometric is one of 14 clinical sites actively recruiting participants in North America.

Study participants must be 6- to 9-years old. The study involves using the study glasses for up to three years. Trial participants will be able to choose from a variety of eye glass frames and will be asked to use one of three types of lenses instead of their normal glasses.

Children will be assessed by a study doctor and, if suitable, be invited to participate in the study and to attend up to 14 further visits over three years. The glasses used in the study are provided at no cost and participants will be paid a small reimbursement for time and travel expenses. Children participating will also receive comprehensive eye care at no cost during the time they are in the study.

Parents who are interested in having their 6- to 9-year-old child with myopia participate in this clinical trial can find more information at www.kidsvision.info or contact Dr. Ardaya with Golden Optometric Group at (562) 692-1208.

About Golden Optometric Group: Golden Optometric Group was founded in 1959 by Sheldon M. Golden,OD following his graduation from U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry. In 1972, Dr. Sheldon Golden moved his practice to its current location of 11245 E Washington Blvd. in Whittier, CA and later opened a second location in West Covina. Dr. David Ardaya is a partner and the current president of Golden Optometric Group’s Whittier location and is actively involved in clinical research, acting as the principal investigator multiple clinical trials.Through his leadership he strives to provide personalized and compassionate care to all patients. Dr. Ardaya is a past President of the Orange County Optometric Society and was recognized as Young Optometrist of the Year in 2009 by the California Optometric Association.

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  5. Morgan IG, Ohno-Matsui K, Saw SM. Myopia. Lancet 2012;379: 1739-48.
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  7. Roantree AM, Glenn E. Tencent Loses $20 Billion in Value After China Attacks Myopia With Gaming Curbs.Reuters (2018, August 30). Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com

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Answers to your vision concerns about kids and video games

With the holiday season in full effect, you can bet that many kids will be receiving a video game or a new system in the next few weeks. In fact, one million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in North America in the first 24 hours of its recent launch. Sadly, I was not one of those lucky ones.

Since the dawn of the television age, parents have been wondering “How much is too much?” After home video games were introduced, the question became even more relevant. Below you will find some of the most common concerns parents have and how to address each issue.

  1. Will video games ruin my kid’s eyes? Certainly, overuse of the visual system, especially up close, can lead to eyestrain, fatigue, redness of the eyes, and eye rubbing, but it cannot be stated conclusively that video games will directly lead to permanent damage.
  2. How much time should I let my kids play video games? 20 minutes of game play followed by a break is plenty. As for how much cumulative time per day, you are the best judge – but at our house we have a maximum of one hour of screen time daily. Then again, I must be fairly conservative because a recent study stated that 85% of kids use an electronic device up to four hours a day.
  3. Are video games good for anything? Besides allowing you to have some fun with your kids, a recent study demonstrated that some video games can improve hand-eye coordination. Also, in young children who have parental participation, certain video games can improve literacy.

So, while allowing your child to play Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty 24/7 may be a lousy idea, a small amount gaming with your child can be a good thing. Remember, about 60% of video game titles are rated “E” for everyone, so let’s have some fun!

~David Ardaya, OD

This original article by Golden Optometric optometrist David Ardaya has also been published by the California Optometric Association, where Dr Ardaya is a past president of the Orange County chapter.

Good Vision Can Improve a Child’s Academic and Athletic Performance and Self-Esteem

Is your child’s eyesight limiting his or her potential? Vision Council of America found that one in four children has problems with their sight. Since 80% of what children learn is visual, slight vision impairments can interfere with academic and athletic performance, and contribute to low self-esteem. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), routine eye exams are vital for early detection. Many children don’t realize they have vision problems. Their impaired vision seems normal.

School vision screenings don’t reveal all visual difficulties. In fact, the Journal of Behavioral Optometry found that one in ten children who pass a vision screening actually has vision problems.

The AOA recommends eye exams at six months, three and five years, and every 2 years thereafter. Children with visual conditions should follow a schedule recommended by their eye doctor. To learn more about the importance of early detection for children, go to www.thinkaboutyoureyes.com/kids-vision.