As temperatures continue to rise, it is safe to say that summer is here in full force. Patients will be caught up in summer activities like going to the pool, camping or planning beach vacations, not worrying about the dangers of spending hours outdoors. It is important to educate them about the possible damages that can be caused not only by the UV light, but also high-energy visible (HEV) light, or blue light. May is Healthy Vision Month, providing a gateway for eye care professionals to start conversations about these potentially harmful light wavelengths.
There is always some tension among professionals in the same field, and the eye care industry is no different. Differences in patient care, clinical tools or even titles like “OD” and “MD” have sparked controversy. Stacie Setchell, OD, spoke about this title turmoil in an article for Women In Optometry. Though there are differences between these two sides of eye care, one patient’s treatment proved to her that optometrists and ophthalmologists can and should work together.
Americans fear blindness more than deafness, memory loss or speech loss, ranking the loss of sight among the four “worst things that could happen to you”. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss among people age 50 and older.
There is no shortage of research supporting the importance of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in eye and overall health. However, the third carotenoid found in the retina, meso-Zeaxanthin, still has some questions surrounding its importance. Continue reading Recent Article Clarifies Meso-Zeaxanthin Analysis