Today’s optometrists and ophthalmologists aren’t just concerned with a patient’s visual acuities. They dilate your eyes to take a look at your retina and evaluate for Glaucoma. They also attend Continuing Education courses and learn about nutrition’s role in your overall ocular health. Continue reading Why establish a Center for Macular Health in your practice?
As eye care professionals, we see the impact and consequences of poor nutrition upon the health of our patients daily. Conditions such as dry eye, diabetes, AMD, and poor visual performance often have a direct relationship to nutritional status. Unfortunately the typical western diet falls short of providing the proper amount of essential vitamins and nutrients required to maintain overall health and wellness.
The number of Americans visually impaired due to type 2 diabetes, or age-related macular degeneration is ever-growing. While genetic components can, and do, affect a person’s chances of developing either disease, diet as well as lifestyle, can alter the risk of developing a visual impairment. Researchers have found nutrition plays a key role in optimizing a person eye sight.
According to the Review of Optometry, more than seven million people across the United States, aged 40 and older, suffer from diabetic retinopathy. Another 11 million people in the US past the age of 40 suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), notes Macular Hope. Combined, they are the leading cause of blindness in adults.
Sunglasses have enjoyed immense popularity for use during sports and recreational activities. Tinted eyewear enhances visual performance in bright conditions by reducing undesirable glare and illumination. On a bright sunny day, the retina becomes saturated and reduces the ability to judge contrast sensitivity. For example, bright sunlight can affect the ability to judge the contours of the green in golf, or the spin on the ball in soccer or baseball. One of the benefits of filters is returning the retina back to maximal contrast sensitivity, thereby eliminating ‘visual noise.’ Continue reading Blue Light Hazard: External and internal blue light protection
ZeaVision’s Eye-Q Program was featured on HEC-TV. Check out the 5-minute “day-in-a-life” video below to see how a leading Optometrist and his patient benefit from EyePromise nutraceuticals and the QuantifEye MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density) measurement instrument.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in elderly Caucasians affecting millions of Americans and threatening their quality of life. Prevalence rates are expected to reach epic proportions in the U.S. as baby boomers reach beyond middle age.
The statistics are startling. According to a recent study regarding seniors and nutrition, more than half of those who visit emergency rooms are either malnourished or at-risk for malnutrition – but not because of critical illness, dementia, or a lack of access to health care.
Practical approaches to Clinical Nutrition
Appropriate nutritional intake is a necessity to nourish the body with the proper vitamins and minerals, thus promoting optimal health. Many Americans, however, do not obtain sufficient vitamins from their everyday diet.