June is Fireworks Eye Safety Month, and with 4th of July just a few days away, stressing safety to patients is imperative. Fireworks have been linked to more than 9,000 injuries a year, so reminding them that fireworks are not toys can help prevent serious eye injuries. But even with caution advised, it is even more important to keep an eye on your patients’ changing eye health. Continue reading How Supplementation Can Help Patients Enjoy Summer
It’s no secret that with every day, society is getting older. It doesn’t matter if you’re 2 days old or 99 years old, with every minute that passes, we’re aging. In fact, statistics show that in the United States, the aging population is set to grow within the next few years. In the last decade alone, the number of people above the age of 65 has steadily risen, increasing by at least 3,000 people each year. Along with age comes a host of health concerns, and these include age-related eye health issues. Continue reading A Holistic Approach to Proactive Eye Care
No matter how successful a practice is, it seems that all optometrists experience the same issue when it comes to routine annual eye exams: patients rarely schedule them. Maybe they feel as though their eye health was just fine last year or they might have received glasses or contacts and believe they are good for the next few years. Either way, patients are just not scheduling and keeping their annual eye exams, and eye doctors feel the strain of constant patient retention. Continue reading The Struggle of Decades: Patient Retention
Diabetes is a devastating disease that affects nearly 10% of the overall population. Of that group, nearly 30% are undiagnosed, meaning they are living with the destructive condition and do not know the damage it is causing. The number of diagnosed cases of diabetes has steadily risen over the last decade, and the number of both type 1 and type 2 found in young people has increased significantly between 2002 and 2012 according to a recent study. With diabetic retinopathy being the leading cause of new blindness, it is necessary for eye care professionals to initiate the diabetes conversation with their patients. Continue reading Leading the Dialogue About Diabetes in Your Practice
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