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Nutrition & Eye Health in Relation to Blood Glucose Control

As many as 10% of the US population suffer from blood glucose control issues, and an estimated 40% of current US adults will develop these issues in their lifetime. While nutrition is important for everyone, it becomes one of the cornerstones of patients trying to keep their blood glucose and blood pressure levels down. The right foods and nutrients can even impact the chance of developing eye health complications related to poor blood glucose control. Continue reading Nutrition & Eye Health in Relation to Blood Glucose Control

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The Benefits of B Vitamins on Aging Eyes

B vitamins provide a number of health benefits.

Healthy lifestyle changes can have an incredible impact on the risk of developing health concerns. Eating right and exercising reduce the risk of issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. The AREDS 2 study proved that certain vitamins and minerals can positively affect aging eye health. Recent science has shown that certain B vitamins can also reduce the risk of developing age-related eye health issues.
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Make Your Vision a Priority This Year

Happy patientNew Year’s resolutions can be daunting. From shedding pounds to waking up earlier, these things take discipline. But, some life-changes are easier to make than others.
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Keeping an Eye on Brain Health: Concussions

Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAOIt’s long been said that the eyes are windows to the soul, but there has been chatter about the eyes holding information about the brain, as well. Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO, wrote a blog about this connection to inform ODs about what they can do to help their patients’ brains, specifically with concussions. According to NIH researchers, “the retina is actually a piece of the brain that has grown into the eye and processes neural signals when it detects light. In fact, exams of the optic nerve have given insights into Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, glaucoma, and Parkinson’s. Continue reading Keeping an Eye on Brain Health: Concussions

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Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Stronger Together

Researching what vitamins are right for you can turn into a confusing rabbit hole. Especially when it comes to eye health vitamins. Zeaxanthin and lutein are two of the most popular vitamins you’ll find for eye health, but do we really need both?  Continue reading Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Stronger Together

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The Missing Link in Contact Lens Comfort

Contact Lens ComfortAccording to the CDC, 30+ million people in the US wear contact lenses. They’ve become such a popular choice, glasses are almost a burden. But what happens when these lenses cause discomfort, and patients must resort to wearing their specs? Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO, believes that these types of patients present an opportunity for optometrists, and merely changing the lens material or solution may not be enough. Continue reading The Missing Link in Contact Lens Comfort

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Helping Patients Manage Age-Related Eye Health & Stress

Like growing older, stress is an inevitable part of life. Whether it’s something at work or your favorite team going into a big game, everyone experiences some form of stress. Throw a chronic illness into the mix, and that individual has an extra stress that most people don’t understand. For example, age-related eye health concerns weigh heavy on the minds of Americans over 50, causing anxiety, depression, and stress. Continue reading Helping Patients Manage Age-Related Eye Health & Stress

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Increased Macular Carotenoids = Improved Cognitive Function

Many studies cite zeaxanthin and lutein as immensely beneficial for eye health. They’ve been proven to increase macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and improve visual functions like visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and glare recovery. But few realize how important these two carotenoids are in other aspects of the body, too. Continue reading Increased Macular Carotenoids = Improved Cognitive Function

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Blue Light & the Solar Eclipse

By now, you’ve probably heard about the enormous celestial event occurring this month: a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is, simply put, when the moon acts as a better door than a window, coming between the sun and Earth and casting a shadow somewhere on the earth’s surface. Whereas a partial eclipse happens at least twice a year somewhere on the planet, a total solar eclipse has not occurred since 1979; and the same places on Earth will not see a completely-eclipsed sun for another 375 years! On August 21, cities across the continental US will get their chance for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Continue reading Blue Light & the Solar Eclipse

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Blue Light & Its Role in the Solar Eclipse

By now, you’ve probably heard about the enormous celestial event occurring this month: a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is, simply put, when the moon acts as a better door than a window, coming between the sun and Earth and casting a shadow somewhere on the earth’s surface. Whereas a partial eclipse happens at least twice a year somewhere on the planet, a total solar eclipse has not occurred since 1979; and the same places on Earth will not see a completely-eclipsed sun for another 375 years! On August 21, cities across the continental US will get their chance for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Continue reading Blue Light & Its Role in the Solar Eclipse