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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Last week, we talked about Workplace Eye Wellness Month. This includes setting up the office space to minimize the effects of digital eye strain. Another important observance for March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
There is no substitute for the quality of life good vision gives. Because of visual impairment, patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may struggle to live their daily lives without help. More than physical impairment, AMD can cause patients to be depressed and pessimistic about their future. This can end up hurting their chances of adapting, or even improving, their quality of life. Continue reading A Future with AMD Doesn’t Have to be Dark
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most talked-about eye health issues in the United States. It’s grown in clout with eye doctors over the last decade, and in recent years, patients have started to know more and more about it. But what exactly do they know? It’s easy to think that patients know more than they do, but it’s important that they understand their risks and what they can do to protect their sight. Continue reading Raising AMD Awareness in Your Patients