In the last post, Dr. Graham Erickson talked about assessing visual performance and processing and the different ways of doing so. Now, he’ll get into the ways to help athletes enhance their vision and visual processing to better their competitive advantage.
Diabetes is a continually growing problem affecting more and more Americans. The Vision Health Initiative (VHI) Report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the rate of Americans aged 40 years and older with vision issues associated with diabetes will triple from 2005 to 2050. With this increase, eye care professionals run a higher risk of encountering patients who knowingly or unknowingly have diabetes and may suffer from eye health issues as a result.
Eighty percent of Americans use digital devices like computers, phones, TVs, and tablets for at least 2 hours a day, with 67% using 2 or more devices at once. Two hours is often all it takes for someone to experience screen time symptoms. In fact, 92% of one survey’s respondents reported experiencing tired eyes, headaches, and eye strain from device use. Continue reading Get Proactive with Computer Vision Syndrome
Perhaps one of the most frustrating things practitioners experience is patient no-shows. These can not only throw off your practice schedule, but they can break down motivation and efficiency. Steve Vargo, OD, MBA, is an Optometric Practice Management Consultant for IDOC, and he shared a few suggestions with Optometric Management reviewing how fellow eye care professionals can reduce these pesky patient encounters, or should I say, lack thereof. Continue reading 7 Steps to Reduce Patient No-Shows
With an aging population, it’s important for eye care professionals to know the changes that occur throughout the years. Declining vision is a typical side effect of aging, with patients noticing changes between the ages of 40 and 60 years old. September is Healthy Aging Month, and while declining vision may be unavoidable, Dr. Raymond Brill knows that age-related eye health concerns don’t have to be part of the picture. Continue reading Age-Related Eye Health: Proactive vs. Reactive Care
With school back in session, kids screen time will increase throughout the day. From 8+ hours doing school and homework to games and social media in the evenings, they’ll practically be glued to their screens. What effect can this have on their bodies? Science says a lot. MSN shared an article that warned, “Yes, [screens] can affect your child from head to toe, but the area you need to pay especially close attention to is their eyes.” Continue reading Talking Screens for Back to School
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
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.