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Alpha Lipoic Acid: Benefits & Side Effects

Nutrition seems to be an ever-changing industry. As more research is conducted, more and more nutrients and their benefits are being discovered. One such nutrient that has been gaining popularity over the last few years is alpha lipoic acid (ALA). From metabolic support to brain health, ALA can impact several aspects of health and everyday life. Continue reading Alpha Lipoic Acid: Benefits & Side Effects

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World Sight Day 2018

Imagine one morning, you wake up, open your eyes, and everything’s blurry. It’s hard to see the bedside table that’s next to your face. You reach to find your phone, but you can hardly see where it is. You flop your hand on the top of your table and run it along the surface until you feel your phone brush your fingertips. Grabbing it, you try to look at the time, but your phone is nearly 2 inches from your eyes before you can read it. Time to get ready for the day, but how are you going to manage that if it was this much of a struggle to know the time? Continue reading World Sight Day 2018

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Pycnogenol®: What Should You Know?

Pynogenol is a chemical compound that acts as a potent antioxidant.

In today’s health-conscious society, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are becoming a popular addition to many people’s lifestyles. It seems like almost every other day, another “critical” ingredient is discovered, so it can be difficult to understand what each one does or if they really are necessary for good health. A phytochemical known as Pycnogenol® has been making its way into daily nutraceuticals, supplements, vitamins, and other applications, but what does it do? Continue reading Pycnogenol®: What Should You Know?

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Co-Managing Patients with Blood Glucose Control Issues

Diabetes affects over 30 million Americans.Blood glucose control is becoming a growing concern among many Americans. In fact, nearly 30.5 million people have issues with blood glucose, and even worse, one in four don’t know. Optometrists (ODs) can help with this statistic, though. Almost a quarter of patients who know they have trouble controlling their blood glucose levels were told so by an OD. Eye exams can help identify those patients at risk for or currently with blood glucose control issues, and ODs, primary care physicians (PCPs), and ophthalmologists (MDs) need to work cohesively to effectively manage these patients. Continue reading Co-Managing Patients with Blood Glucose Control Issues

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What to Know About Diabetic Eye Health

Although there has been a consistent push for healthier lifestyles throughout the country, the rate of diabetes has been increasing year after year. While most can manage this chronic problem, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US, taking more lives than AIDS and breast cancer combined. It’s also the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure, and stroke. Other common health issues include heart disease, dental disease, and nerve damage. Continue reading What to Know About Diabetic Eye Health

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Let’s Talk Business with Randy Peters, OD

Randy Peters, OD, explains what he thinks helps his private optometry practice successful.Randy Peters, OD, is a practicing optometrist out of Ohio. A member of the American Optometric Association and Vision Source, Dr. Peters owns his own practice and specializes in primary eye care, contact lenses, and ocular disease. He uses several advanced optical technologies, allowing for the most state-of-the-art eye health and vision exams.

Like Dr. Sasha Radford, we were fortunate enough to ask Dr. Peters a series of questions to find out what he attributes to his success. If you don’t have time to read it right now, you can download the PDF and save it for later. Continue reading Let’s Talk Business with Randy Peters, OD

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MPOD Measurement Approved for Category III CPT Code

There are many different levels and categories of medical instrumentation. As each new piece of equipment undergoes evaluation and becomes more common, the American Medical Association (AMA) assigns codes depending on where the machinery is in its research and validity journey. EyePromise® is proud to announce that macular pigment optical density (MPOD) measurement by heterochromatic flicker photometry (HFP) has earned the AMA’s Category III CPT code, and it’s listed under code 0506T. Continue reading MPOD Measurement Approved for Category III CPT Code

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DREAM Study May Be Misleading

It’s no question that Omega-3s have many health benefits. They’re good for heart, joint, and muscle health, but a recent study has put their benefits for eye health into question. Published on April 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the N-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation for the Treatment of Dry Eye Disease study states that participants taking Omega-3s did NOT have significantly better outcomes than the placebo. While this is true, this negative conclusion is an overstatement. Continue reading DREAM Study May Be Misleading

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DEWS II Calls for Nutritional Intervention

Dry eye is one of the most common reasons patients go in to see their eye doctors.Dry eye is one of the most common reasons for patient visits to eye care professionals, and it affects nearly 30 million Americans. The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) devised the Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS) in 2007 to help standardize the treatment, and a decade later, the research continued with DEWS II. Continue reading DEWS II Calls for Nutritional Intervention

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Patients Need More Than Luck to Save Their Vision

Patients will need more than luck during Save Your Vision Month.Top o’ the morning to you! March is an important month for eye health observances, as the American Optometric Association also recognizes it as Save Your Vision Month. While St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, the luck of the Irish isn’t enough to guarantee patients’ eyes are protected for long-term health. Share this simple checklist to help patients know how they can best protect their sight. Continue reading Patients Need More Than Luck to Save Their Vision