The amount of time the average American spends on screens doesn’t seem to be slowing down or stopping any time soon. 90% of American adults use a digital device for 2+ hours a day, and 70% use 2 or more devices at a time. Society has become accustomed to screens, and many of us don’t consider what this artificial light source could be doing to our eyes, especially at such a short distance. Luckily, EyePromise® is thinking about that. Continue reading An Innovation in Nutritional Protection
Eye care professionals have recently seen an increase in reports of asthenopia, or tired eyes, potentially in association with the increase of digital device use. Many patients may not associate this symptom with increased device usage. An article written in Review of Optometry explains that there’s confusion around “tired eyes” and digital devices that can be shown in the number of different terms used to refer to it: eye strain, computer vision syndrome, and digital eye strain. Continue reading More Screen Time = Tired Eyes – But Patients May Not Know That
The use of devices like tablets and laptops in schools has been a hot topic in recent years. Some parents and schools believe integrating technology is essential to prepare children and teens for the future. Others feel that screen time should be limited in the classroom and worry about the effects on children. When one parent in Maryland saw this as a problem, she decided to take action. Continue reading One Parent Takes a Stand Against Screen Time
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.
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
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
EyePromise® is heavily focused on the importance of nutrition and proactive eye care. Catching eye health concerns and beginning care early always leads to better patient outcomes. Nutrition is an important piece of most if not all early care plans, but how early can eye care professionals begin nutritional intervention? With EyePromise Screen Shield™ Teen, the answer is as young as 4 years old. Continue reading How Proactive Can You Be with Eye Care?
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
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