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Get Proactive with Computer Vision Syndrome

Screen time increases have led to a surge of patients complaining of symptoms related to computer vision syndrome.

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

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7 Steps to Reduce Patient No-Shows

Patient no-shows are aggrivating, but we have 7 ways to help reduce them.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

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Age-Related Eye Health: Proactive vs. Reactive Care

While declining vision may happen with age, age-related eye health concerns doesn't have to be a part of growing old.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

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Talking Screens for Back to School

Kids are now spending time on screens and school and at home. What can we do?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

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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