Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most talked-about eye health issues in the United States. It’s grown in clout with eye doctors over the last decade, and in recent years, patients have started to know more and more about it. But what exactly do they know? It’s easy to think that patients know more than they do, but it’s important that they understand their risks and what they can do to protect their sight. Continue reading Raising AMD Awareness in Your Patients
Over the years, science has made incredible discoveries and improvements. Food trends have also changed. From cutting carbs to slashing sugars, nutrition has become an important part of a healthier life. Nutraceuticals have also adapted with the times to include ingredients recently found to be beneficial. As an innovative leader, EyePromise® has been on the forefront of these improvements and was the first to utilize dietary zeaxanthin and Vitamin D in eye health nutraceuticals. EyePromise has reviewed recent scientific developments and has decided it’s time for its flagship formula, Restore, to get an upgrade. Continue reading EyePromise Restore Got an Upgrade
Healthy lifestyle changes can have an incredible impact on the risk of developing health concerns. Eating right and exercising reduce the risk of issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. The AREDS 2 study proved that certain vitamins and minerals can positively affect aging eye health. Recent science has shown that certain B vitamins can also reduce the risk of developing age-related eye health issues.
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Living a healthier life has become a goal for most people in the country. Society is making the conscious effort to eat better foods with more nutritional value, and the missing ingredients are being fulfilled with supplementation. An antioxidant that has been growing in popularity is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 offers several benefits for whole-body health that helps with energy production for cell growth and maintenance and the protection from harmful molecules. While the body produces the antioxidant naturally, the levels produced decrease with age. Continue reading Are There Eye Health Benefits of CoQ10?
It’s universal at this point that vitamins and minerals are necessary for good health. Nutrients like Vitamins A, C, and D are well-known for their health benefits. But these vitamins do more than support overall health; they’re essential for eye health, as well, offering benefits for eye surface health and retinal cellular structure. A vitamin that has recently grown in popularity for eye and overall health is folate and folic acid. Continue reading What Can Folic Acid Do for Your Patients?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are in full swing, and everyone is full of good cheer. Though some people might be greeting this season with a more anxious flare, they might be right. Children are looking forward to gifts and gadgets under the tree, but they can’t see the potential dangers that accompany their favorite toys. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has dedicated December as Safe Toys and Celebrations Month to help alert parents to the hazards that can come with popular toys. Continue reading It’s All Fun & Games Until Someone Hurts Their Eye
It’s long been said that the eyes are windows to the soul, but there has been chatter about the eyes holding information about the brain, as well. Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO, wrote a blog about this connection to inform ODs about what they can do to help their patients’ brains, specifically with concussions. According to NIH researchers, “the retina is actually a piece of the brain that has grown into the eye and processes neural signals when it detects light. In fact, exams of the optic nerve have given insights into Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, glaucoma, and Parkinson’s. Continue reading Keeping an Eye on Brain Health: Concussions
Running a practice can be a wonderful yet terrifying experience. There are many different aspects that must be considered. One area that is often overlooked is office policies. Policies about daysoff, being late, and customer care are all necessary to run a successful eye care practice. But as some of you may know, these policies can hinder the service for your patients. Neil Gailmard, OD, MBA, FAAO, has seen this happen time and time again, and in his practice, he keeps customer service top-of-mind. Continue reading Dr. Gailmard’s Tips for Customer Service
According to the CDC, 30+ million people in the US wear contact lenses. They’ve become such a popular choice, glasses are almost a burden. But what happens when these lenses cause discomfort, and patients must resort to wearing their specs? Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO, believes that these types of patients present an opportunity for optometrists, and merely changing the lens material or solution may not be enough. Continue reading The Missing Link in Contact Lens Comfort
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