We don’t often think about the importance of the 5 senses. It takes no effort to hear the alarm go off in the morning, slip on fluffy slippers, smell coffee brewing, taste breakfast, and see what the day will bring you. Because they take little to no thought to utilize, the senses are often taken for granted. Continue reading World Sight Day 2017
Halloween is a time to be silly, be spooky, and have fun. But there are certain things that can put a serious damper on patients’ holiday festivities: a Halloween prank gone wrong, stomach aches from too much candy, and a costume that causes more harm than good. Here are some Halloween costume accessories that could be harmful to the eyes. Continue reading Costume Pieces that Could be a Fright for Patients’ Sight
Like growing older, stress is an inevitable part of life. Whether it’s something at work or your favorite team going into a big game, everyone experiences some form of stress. Throw a chronic illness into the mix, and that individual has an extra stress that most people don’t understand. For example, age-related eye health concerns weigh heavy on the minds of Americans over 50, causing anxiety, depression, and stress. Continue reading Helping Patients Manage Age-Related Eye Health & Stress
The topic of blue light is growing popular in nearly every channel. Patients, primary care physicians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists have all taken an interest in this seemingly harmless wavelength of light. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, CDE, has heard the buzz and decided to share his comments about blue light via video. Here’s a quick summary of his thoughts.
Technology has evolved to give us the world at our finger tips. The possibilities are endless with mini computers in our pockets. But with younger and younger populations getting their hands on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more, what kind of consequences can be expected? Some eye care practices have noticed these younger demographics coming in with symptoms of digital eye strain, occasional dry eye and even Meibomian gland atrophy. Continue reading Technology’s Effect on Younger Patients
September is Healthy Aging Month, and with age comes many changes; some we look forward to, and others, not so much. But longer life spans and aging baby boomers have sent the number of “older” adults into a record growth. It is estimated that older adults will account for 20% of the population by 2030. Where there is growth, there is also an increase in chronic and degenerative illnesses, including eye health concerns. Continue reading Help Your Patients Age with Grace
Many studies cite zeaxanthin and lutein as immensely beneficial for eye health. They’ve been proven to increase macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and improve visual functions like visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and glare recovery. But few realize how important these two carotenoids are in other aspects of the body, too. Continue reading Increased Macular Carotenoids = Improved Cognitive Function
One of the most obvious statements that can be made about current times is that technology is changing our world. The use of technology in daily life has grown exponentially over the last decade and shows no signs of stopping. Over half the country uses a digital device for at least 5 hours a day, with nearly a third using 2 or more devices at a time. This increase in exposure has been linked to the increased diagnosis of what is commonly known as digital eye strain. Younger patients will be starting school again soon, so it’s important for eye care professionals to be able to recognize this problem and know how to solve it.
By now, you’ve probably heard about the enormous celestial event occurring this month: a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is, simply put, when the moon acts as a better door than a window, coming between the sun and Earth and casting a shadow somewhere on the earth’s surface. Whereas a partial eclipse happens at least twice a year somewhere on the planet, a total solar eclipse has not occurred since 1979; and the same places on Earth will not see a completely-eclipsed sun for another 375 years! On August 21, cities across the continental US will get their chance for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Continue reading Blue Light & Its Role in the Solar Eclipse
- A fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable.
- Something that is impressive or extraordinary.
There are some people who will go their whole lives without witnessing an astronomical phenomenon. A few examples of these rare happenstances are Halley’s comet, planetary alignments, and the Venus Transition, the moment when Venus comes between Earth and the sun and is visible as a small black disc. All these occurrences are once-in-a-lifetime chances, recurring every 75 to 110 years or more. But this year, on August 21st, there will be an extraordinary phenomena for us all to witness.
While this incident is monumental, few observers will know about and use the proper equipment and eye wear to watch the proceedings. Continue reading Solar Eclipse 2017 & What to Tell Your Patients