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A New Viewpoint: Dr. Sclafani’s Take on Screen Time – Part 1

Dr. Sclafani knows the impact screen time can have on kids.

As a mom of a 16-year-old and at a practice with a heavy pediatric patient base, Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS, is on the front line of the screen time epidemic. She practiced for 24 years in a hospital setting at the University of Chicago, is a consultant for several companies, and now works in a private practice in downtown Chicago. In her busy schedule, she was able to find some time to discuss the screen time epidemic and her concerns about the effects it could have, specifically on children. This is the first post in the series. Continue reading A New Viewpoint: Dr. Sclafani’s Take on Screen Time – Part 1

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Parents’ Concerns About Screen Time Continue to Grow

Screen time is an increasing concern for parents and healthcare professionals alike.Screen time is a hot topic for many people, whether it’s doctors, educators, or parents. While options for helping reduce screen time continue to increase, so does the concern parents have regarding their children screen use. Vision Monday recently shared survey results detailing what concerns parents most about screen time use, specifically for their teens. Continue reading Parents’ Concerns About Screen Time Continue to Grow

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The Growing World of Esports & What It Means for Eye Care

Esports is a rapidly growing event that is captivating millions of viewers and participants.As a society, competitions have been a huge source of spectatorship. Sports like baseball, football, and basketball draw huge viewing crowds at the game-day venue, in sports bars, and at home. With advancements in technology, we can now stream these games online and watch them anywhere. However, the rise in technology has also created a whole new sporting segment competing for viewership: esports. Continue reading The Growing World of Esports & What It Means for Eye Care

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Shining Light on Identifying Digital Eye Strain

As screen time has increased, so have the number of people experiencing eye discomfort.With the increase in accessibility and usage of digital devices, there has also been an increase in concern. What effects are they having on the body? Is this affecting children’s mental development? What are the long-term implications of this much screen time? While these questions cannot be definitively answered yet, progress has been made in identifying common issues and complaints. Continue reading Shining Light on Identifying Digital Eye Strain

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National Nutrition Month & Occasional Dry Eye

March is National Nutrition Month, and this can mean different things for different people. For some, it means eating better to improve their overall health. It means getting more or less of a specific ingredient for others. When it comes to people with occasional dry eye, it means getting the right group of nutrients that can relieve their daily struggles and symptoms. As a sports-registered dietitian, Chrissy Barth knows the importance of nutrition, and she learned how effective a high-quality nutritional supplement can be for her occasional dry eye. Continue reading National Nutrition Month & Occasional Dry Eye

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A New Way to Look at Age-Related Eye Health Concerns

The growing number of Americans over 50 means that more people are at risk for age-related eye health concerns.Age-related eye health concerns are an increasing problem in the US. With an aging population, the number of patients coming through eye care practices that have a risk for or have developed age-related eye health concerns continues to grow. According to the National Eye Institute, the number of Americans suffering from these concerns will have grown to 3.66 million, almost a 60% increase from 2010. That number is projected to increase to just under 5.5 million by 2050. Continue reading A New Way to Look at Age-Related Eye Health Concerns

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The Effects of Screen Time for Kids

Even though some devices have learning qualities, parents are beginning to worry their kids' excessive screen time.As the holidays approach, there are many digital gadgets children may be asking for or receiving. Some of the more popular gifts include flat-screen TVs, tablets, phones, streaming devices (Firestick, Roku, Apple TV, etc.), and gaming systems. Even Fisher-Price is offering the Think & Learn Smart Cycle, which syncs with a tablet for kids to play learning games while they ride the attached stationary bike. While some of these devices add learning opportunities, most of them come with added screen time, which may be cause for concern. The effects of excessive screen time are usually considered when adults work on computers for 8+ hours a day, but parents are starting to notice their children’s symptoms. Continue reading The Effects of Screen Time for Kids

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What to Know About Resveratrol

Research discovers new compounds every day, and resveratrol benefits are still being investigated.

The number of nutrients in the world are nearly infinite. It seems like every other day, researchers discover another vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, chemical, etc. with possible benefits and side effects. One of the newer discoveries in our lifetimes is resveratrol, and its effects are still being researched. Continue reading What to Know About Resveratrol

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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. 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