In recent years, there has been an increase in curiosity about where food/ingredients come from and the processes they go through. Americans are embracing organic products and trends like farm-to-table and clean eating, and they are thinking more about what they put in their bodies. This can mean taking a hard look at the natural and synthetic ingredients in their nutraceuticals, and optometrists may be surprised to learn that one important eye-healthy ingredient has a surprising amount of variation: zeaxanthin.
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Taking on nutraceuticals in your practice can be daunting, but the breadth of benefits they can have for many populations allows for the opportunity to have the nutrition conversation with nearly all your patients. This post can give you the starting point to introduce nutraceuticals in your practice – regardless of average patient age. Continue reading Nutraceuticals: A Clear Opportunity for Eye Care Professionals
Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS, understands that digital devices and screen time aren’t going anywhere. As with posts one and two, she is still concerned with the effects that both kids and adults alike are experiencing due to hours spent staring at screens. That’s why she recommends EyePromise® Screen Shield™ Teen to both parents and practitioners who want to naturally defend children’s eyes from the effects of screen time. Continue reading A New Viewpoint: Dr. Sclafani’s Take on Screen Time – Part 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
Each patient type requires different communication styles. Pediatric patients can be some of the most challenging to really connect with. Susan Lake, OD, shared some of her tips on how she better communicates with her child patients. Continue reading How to Connect with Pediatric Patients