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Technology’s Effect on Younger Patients

Technology can affect eye health in many ways, but have we considered its full impact on children?Technology has evolved to give us the world at our fingertips. 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 for both school and entertainment, 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 nearsightedness. Continue reading Technology’s Effect on Younger Patients

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What Are People Saying About EyePromise?

EyePromise is dedicated to creating a positive outcome for your patients.It’s always nice to hear what other people think about products and services before you buy them. Whether you ask friends and family, go to an online forum, or simply read online reviews, most people get feedback before making a purchase of almost any kind. As an eye care professional, real-life experiences and testimonials become an even bigger influencer when it comes to adding products and services to your practice. While hearing what other practitioners say is helpful, what really matters for nutraceuticals is the impact they have on patients.

Below are real EyePromise end-user testimonials covering EyePromise® as a whole, including macular health, occasional dry eye, blood vessel integrity, and screen time/visual performance products. Continue reading What Are People Saying About EyePromise?

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Nutraceutical Distribution: What’s Right for Me?

Many practices have begun adding nutritional supplements to their patient protocols. Clinical research supports the effect that nutrition can have on eye health, but it’s still a major undertaking to bring nutraceuticals into the practice. There are so many ways to do this, it becomes almost paralyzing to try and sort through and find what option(s) works best for your practice.

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO, took some of the legwork out for you and put together an analysis of the pros and cons of the most popular ways to offer nutraceuticals. Below are a few options,  along with the pros and cons of each. Continue reading Nutraceutical Distribution: What’s Right for Me?

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CE Course: Contact Lens Comfort

Contact LensContact lens comfort is a multifaceted issue. From ocular surface health to the contact lens material, many factors can contribute to discomfort. For many patients, discomfort is the main reason they cease using contacts, and few mention their comfort issues until asked about their lens wear at their next eye exam. Eye care professionals need to understand the different catalysts for comfort issues and, more importantly, how to help. Continue reading CE Course: Contact Lens Comfort

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The Controversial DREAM Study: Where Are We Now?

Omega-3s are a standard care tactic for dry eye, but are they enough?Last year, the Dry Eye Assessment and Management study, referred to as the DREAM study, was released. Many of the headlines said that Omega-3s do not benefit occasional dry eye. While this caused some eye care professionals to question the power of fish oil, others pushed back. Jane Cole, the contributing editor for Review of Optometry, shared a piece where several experts expressed their thoughts about the controversial findings.

Continue reading The Controversial DREAM Study: Where Are We Now?

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Improving Contact Lens Comfort with Nutrition

Contact lens comfort can be greatly dependent on ocular surface health.Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO, is passionate about his patients enjoying their contact lens experience. He thinks that all too many stop wearing their lenses simply because of discomfort. Ocular surface health is a major contributor to contact lens comfort. In an article written for Optometry Times, Dr. Brujic expressed his desire for eye care professionals to know how the ocular surface affects comfort. Continue reading Improving Contact Lens Comfort with Nutrition

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Prediabetes: What Does This Mean for ODs?

Diabetes and prediabetes can be scary for patients, but eye care professionals can offer proactive protection for eye health.As one of the leading causes of death in the US, diabetes is a terrifying subject. It’s a life-long health issue that requires a multitude of health care professionals to be involved, including eye care professionals. Ideally, we would keep everyone from developing diabetes, but identifying it early and intervening is key in warding off any ill effects. Continue reading Prediabetes: What Does This Mean for ODs?

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An Innovation in Nutritional Protection

90% of US adults spend 2+ hours a day on screens.The amount of time the average American spends on screens doesn’t seem to be slowing down or stopping any time soon. 90% of American adults use a digital device for 2+ hours a day, and 70% use 2 or more devices at a time. Society has become accustomed to screens, and many of us don’t consider what this artificial light source could be doing to our eyes, especially at such a short distance. Luckily, EyePromise® is thinking about that. Continue reading An Innovation in Nutritional Protection

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More Screen Time = Tired Eyes – But Patients May Not Know That

Tired eyes can be a common complaint in those who spend hours on digital screens.Eye care professionals have recently seen an increase in reports of asthenopia, or tired eyes, potentially in association with the increase of digital device use. Many patients may not associate this symptom with increased device usage. An article written in Review of Optometry explains that there’s confusion around “tired eyes” and digital devices that can be shown in the number of different terms used to refer to it: eye strain, computer vision syndrome, and digital eye strain. Continue reading More Screen Time = Tired Eyes – But Patients May Not Know That

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One Parent Takes a Stand Against Screen Time

Schools are starting to use more and more digital devices, and that has parents worried about their kids' screen time.The use of devices like tablets and laptops in schools has been a hot topic in recent years.  Some parents and schools believe integrating technology is essential to prepare children and teens for the future.  Others feel that screen time should be limited in the classroom and worry about the effects on children.  When one parent in Maryland saw this as a problem, she decided to take action. Continue reading One Parent Takes a Stand Against Screen Time