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Selling eye vitamins: How one doctor changed her perspective

sellingsupplementsforeyesI would venture a guess that most of us didn’t get into Optometry for the paperwork. Despite this, we are all inundated with paper/computer work everyday. We are now required to dedicate the same amount of attention to being billing specialists as we are to patient care and many days it feels like the computers get more eye contact than the people do.

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U.S. Soldier relies on vizual EDGE Pro to maximize vision performance

From rigorous nutrition programs to cutting-edge vision training, the United States miliary as long been at the forefront of human performance and nutrition. Keeping a U.S. soldier’s vision at optimal levels has been seen as paramount since the days of the Second World War.

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Nutrition and eye health help the heart

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day dates back to the 5th century. For those of us in health care, Valentine’s Day also serves as a reminder to do our part to reduce the risks for heart disease and stroke, and stay “heart healthy” for our patients, our loved ones, and ourselves. During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to teach our patients about a leading cause of death worldwide.

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Manage dry eye symptoms with EZ Tears: One dietitian’s story

For years, Chrissy Barth found herself waking up in the middle of the night due to her dry eyes. Her debilitating condition led to multiple cornea abrasions and caused a great deal of discomfort.

“I was losing sleep because of it,” she wrote. “It started back in October of 2013.”

Chrissy serves as the Arizona Cardinals dietitian for the National Football League (NFL).In addition to her duties with the Cardinals, she works with an array of athletes from around the Phoenix-metro area and does consultation work for the Center for Athletic Performance in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her jobs keep her on the move, with little time to think about constantly having to address her dry eyes.

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Optometrists: Help patients avoid “The Glaze Over” when you talk with them

doctorandpatientWe’ve all been there. It usually occurs right in the middle of what we are convinced is a brilliant explanation of whatever condition is plaguing the patient sitting in front of us. We are going over pictures, graphs and using all the scientific words we were taught in school. We are certain the patient is totally absorbed in our speech but then we see it…a slight lid droop, the sparkle of the eye dims and then, sure enough, “The Glaze Over”. We’ve lost them.

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Protecting sight: How Optometrists can influence patients with diabetes

Approximately 7.7 million people age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy.Did you know that diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the United States or more than nine percent of the population? If that doesn’t give you a reason to pause and ponder, think about this: More than one out of three individuals have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases the risk for developing diabetes. People with diabetes – whether it is Type 1 or Type 2 — are at risk for eye disease like glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Continue reading Protecting sight: How Optometrists can influence patients with diabetes

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Why Santa needs an eye health supplement this Christmas Eve

Let’s face it, Ole Kris Kringle is probably a Type 2 Diabetic. At the very least he’s probably pre-diabetic. Let’s review the risk factors for developing Type 2 Diabetes that pertain to Old St. Nick.

Weight: This is the primary risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Look at any picture of Santa and you’ll see that he’s not well known for his svelte physique.

Where said weight is distributed: Unfortunately the majority of the North Pole native’s girth lies in the most dangerous area, his abdomen.

Age: A quick Google search reveals that Santa is approximately 1,744 years old. This is also a problem as risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes increases after the age of 45.

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Does visual processing speed affect intelligence and cognition?

We see it in the lines etched into our faces and watch our middles expand. We feel it in our dwindling energy reserves and the aches we experience as we roll out of bed each morning. Our bodies change as we age. Our minds do too.

Researchers who study how aging affects our intelligence and cognition have learned information processing speeds are a huge factor. However, according to Dr. Stuart Richie, a lead study author from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology, visual processing speed also plays a highly important role.

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