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National Nutrition Month & Occasional Dry Eye

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

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How Proactive Can You Be with Eye Care?

EyePromise Screen Shield Teen helps naturally defend children's eyes from the effects of screen time.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?

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A New Way to Look at Age-Related Eye Health Concerns

The growing number of Americans over 50 means that more people are at risk for age-related eye health concerns.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

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Age-Related Eye Health: Proactive vs. Reactive Care

While declining vision may happen with age, age-related eye health concerns doesn't have to be a part of growing old.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

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The Optometrist’s Role in the Diabetes Care Team

Every 15 minutes, someone loses their vision to complications from diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the most common, chronic health issues in the world, affecting nearly 30.5 million Americans. It’s also one of the leading causes of vision impairment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone with diabetes loses visual function every 15 minutes. Continue reading The Optometrist’s Role in the Diabetes Care Team

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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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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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Let’s Talk Business with Sasha Radford, OD

Sasha Radford, OD, shares her tips for a successful practice.Sasha Radford, OD, is a practicing optometrist out of Illinois. A member of the American Optometric Association, Dr. Radford attributes her success to “personalized and attentive patient care.” To help us understand more of what she credits her successes to, we asked her a series of questions to dive into her pillars of success.

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One Thing That Changed Dr. Lake’s Thoughts on “Selling” In-Practice

May is dedicated as Healthy Vision Month. While it’s no secret that eye health and nutrition are connected, few people know how much eye health depends on nutrition. Eating right and exercising can help protect against age-related eye health issues and other causes of vision loss. Completely changing one’s lifestyle and diet to include food rich in nutrients the eyes need can seem like a tall order, and dietary changes are often not enough to make an impact. Continue reading One Thing That Changed Dr. Lake’s Thoughts on “Selling” In-Practice