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
When running a practice, there are a lot of moving parts to consider. Beyond the doctors, staff, and patients, there are multiple product offers to think about throughout the daily grind. New additions can help progress the practice, but they must be chosen carefully as to not disrupt the current flow. Natural eye care has become a popular addition to many optometric practices, as it joins in the recent societal trend of health and wellness. Jasmine Nguyen, OD, found out how quickly this kind of addition can make an impact on routine practice. Continue reading Offering Occasional Dry Eye Relief Can Innovate Your Practice
In recent years, health and wellness has been a growing trend in society. People are generally trying to live healthier lives, and that leaves an opportunity for optometry. Scott Huffer, OD, FAAO, believes he has a way to capitalize on this opportunity: eye health nutraceuticals. Continue reading Newest Health & Wellness Trend: In-Practice Nutraceuticals
In a device-heavy society that emphasizes staying connected at all times, it can be difficult to turn it down a notch. When your mind is continuously connected to smartphones, tablets, etc., shutting down to go to sleep can be a challenge. But calming the mind isn’t the only thing that can keep you and your patients from sleeping.
Summer’s in full force. It’s hot, humid, and full of fun. But it’s also full of potential dangers that few people take the time to understand. Continue reading Nutrition & Apparel: A United Front in Protecting Eye Health
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