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What to Know About Resveratrol

Research discovers new compounds every day, and resveratrol benefits are still being investigated.

The number of nutrients in the world are nearly infinite. It seems like every other day, researchers discover another vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, chemical, etc. with possible benefits and side effects. One of the newer discoveries in our lifetimes is resveratrol, and its effects are still being researched. Continue reading What to Know About Resveratrol

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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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Grape Seed Extract: What Is It Good For?

When it comes to nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, there seems to be no shortage of emerging trends. For centuries, people have utilized different fruits, vegetables, roots, and seeds to help with different ailments. One of those tools that have a wide variety of benefits is grape seed extract. Continue reading Grape Seed Extract: What Is It Good For?

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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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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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DREAM Study May Be Misleading

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

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Visual Performance & Nutrition

April is Sports Eye Safety Month, and sight is a very important sense to athletes. Better athletes have better visual performance and reaction time. In addition to providing eye protection, is there a way for eye care professionals to help their athletic patients elevate their game? Graham Erikson, OD, is an expert on vision and athletic performance and shared a quick video of his thoughts on the topic. Continue reading Visual Performance & Nutrition

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Seasonal Allergies vs. Occasional Dry Eye

Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies every year.As the seasons start to change, eye care professionals should start thinking about the possible eye health issues that come with the switch to spring. This week is World Allergy Week, and seasonal allergies can cause a host of issues for patients and their eyes, but the symptoms can mimic those of occasional dry eye. Eye care professionals need to know how to identify and differentiate between these two eye health concerns. Continue reading Seasonal Allergies vs. Occasional Dry Eye