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Evolve Your AMD Protocol

Updating your AMD care protocol could be just the boost your practice needs.

As we all know, the only constant in life is change. Change is a necessary part of evolution, and your practices should be no different. For example, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been around for decades, and the care protocols haven’t been updated much in those years. However, Craig Bowen, OD, shared how he keeps his procedures fresh in an article for Review of Optometric Business and talks about why you should consider updating yours. Continue reading Evolve Your AMD Protocol

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Patient Talk: Diabetes & Eye Health

Diabetes is on the rise and has been for the last decade. With no end in sight to the unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle that has become all too common today, this number will likely continue to increase. While diabetes isn’t necessarily a specialty for most ODs, it should be common practice to have these types of conversations with your patients, for their benefit and yours. Alexia Vaughn, OD, MS, MBA, explains how she incorporates healthy living and diabetes education into her daily talk track. Continue reading Patient Talk: Diabetes & Eye Health

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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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Importance of an Online Retail Presence for Optometry Practices

As an OD, you need to know the importance of having an online retail option, especially in today's environment.

As a practicing physician, it’s your preference to see your patients in the office: nothing can replace a face-to-face conversation, your patients receive better care, and you get a better understanding of what’s going on with their eyes. However, the recent COVID pandemic has demonstrated the need to be agile and tech-savvy in today’s healthcare needs. One OD out of Texas had already implemented an online shopping option for her patients before the shutdown, but she didn’t realize how critical that resource would become. Continue reading Importance of an Online Retail Presence for Optometry Practices

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The Benefits of Benfotiamine

Vitamins are becoming a very popular way to fulfill nutritional needs. It’s becoming especially popular for those who may be deficient in one or more necessary nutrients. Sometimes, these supplements are derivatives of the actual vitamin or mineral, but because they are absorbed better by the body, they’re used to manage deficiencies. One example of this kind of supplement is benfotiamine. Continue reading The Benefits of Benfotiamine

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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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Vitamin vs. Supplement: What’s the Difference?

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Living a healthier life is on many people’s to-do lists. From exercising to dieting, we’re all trying to make lifestyle changes for the better. For some of us, this includes adding a vitamin or supplement regimen to boost our nutritional intake. But is there a difference between a vitamin and a supplement? And if there is, what is it? Continue reading Vitamin vs. Supplement: What’s the Difference?

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Nutrition in the Future of Optometry

The eye is heavily affected by the foods we eat.

Nutrition is an important aspect of overall health, but few people truly understand its direct relationship to eye health. When it comes to primary care optometry, nutrition and lifestyle modifications need to be incorporated into the conversation for better eye health outcomes. Thomas A. Wong, OD, shared his thoughts about the importance of nutritional conversations in the future of optometry in an article for Optometry Times. Continue reading Nutrition in the Future of Optometry

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Eye Wellness for the Digital Workplace

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. According to EHSToday, This dedication is intended to “educate corporations and their employees on the importance of vision health, including warning signs of potential eye [health concerns] and safety tips on how to avoid vision-threatening eye accidents.” While eye injury may seem like a distant concern, it’s more common than many think. Continue reading Eye Wellness for the Digital Workplace

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EyePromise® Restore vs. AREDS 2 Plus

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

Affecting nearly 11 million Americans, age-related eye health issues are the leading cause of vision impairment in people over 50. As you may know, many people have risk factors indicating a heightened chance for developing these issues, but most don’t know until it’s too late. It’s critical to educate patients about these risk factors, what vision changes to look for, and what they can do. Continue reading EyePromise® Restore vs. AREDS 2 Plus