February 7th 2023
Protecting children’s eye health will demand a focus on vision and learning through better nutrition, myopia management, and disease prevention.
August 1st 2022
Korean investigators have found intermittent fasting may actually lead to a lower risk of developing AMD in the elderly population.
May 31st 2022
How safe is your patients’ drinking water?
April 8th 2022
What do CBD, cannabis, and marijuana have do with with optometric care? Find out.
March 3rd 2022
Developing symbolic vision for yourself and your patients
Conflicting evidence on Vitamin D efficacy in COVID-19 cases
Saudi Arabian investigators have determined that Vitamin D levels are not protective against the severity or the outcomes of COVID-19 infections.
Examining the essential role of the lymphatic system, at your disposal
Eye holds the key to identifying lymphatic disorders; healthy lifestyle choices make a difference.
How to build a lifestyle and nutritional firewall against viruses like COVID-19
Have a plan to combat immune senescence in your senior patients at risk for the disease
Prevention, artificial intelligence, and the future of optometry
Optometry’s success in the future will depend on the ability of ODs to overcome new challenges.
Go beyond fish oil with astaxanthin in krill oil
This carotenoid helps with dry eye, glaucoma, AMD, eye fatigue, and more.
Nutrition in the future of primary-care optometry
How to incorporate nutrition into dry eye practice
Understand diabetes and nutrition
How to treat dry eye in the pediatric and young adult population
Always look for dry eye in patients of all ages
Consider the underrated significance of vitamin K2 in eye care
Consider the whole patient when treating glaucoma
Intersection of artificial intelligence with epigenetics
Resveratrol may be key in AMD stroke patient treatments
Anti-VEGF treatments are used in many aspects of retinal eyecare, but when applied to patients who just suffered a stroke, mortality rates appear to rise. We explore the nutrient molecule resveratrol and how it may be the key in treating these patients.
Omega-3s no better than placebo for dry eye
A new study shows that omega-3 supplements offer the same benefits as the study's placebo, olive oil. Researchers and other experts discuss trial results and what's next for ODs treating dry eye.
6 healthy habits that don’t cost a fortune
Why AMD supplementation should not be casual
The treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with supplements shouldn't be left to chance. Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, discusses why gambling with AMD supplementation may be risky.
Top 10 healthiest cities in the U.S.
See if your city made the list and why ODs who live in these healthiest cities think they made the cut.
ODs’ role promising in detecting Alzheimer’s disease
Science is evolving, and practices will soon find themselves in a moral quagmire. Detection and clinical staging of AD using vision and ophthalmic imaging are close at hand.
How zinc affects AMD
One of the greatest ongoing food fights in eye care concerns the role of antioxidants and zinc in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) prevention and the movement of genetic testing from the theoretical research lab to applied science.
Treating blepharitis in the pediatric population
When your pediatric patient presents with irritated, itchy eyelids with reddened lid margins, diagnosing blepharitis may be the easy part of patient care. Implementing a treatment regimen for patients who are infants, toddlers, or school-age children, requires optometrists to use not only their knowledge but their clinical art of practice as well.
Sunlight and its effect on eye health
Avoiding sunlight entirely appears to be a misdirection. Melanoma is inversely related to latitude and inadequate acclimation (i.e., increased melanization and epidermal thickening), which carries the risk of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer-common in northern latitudes.
OD education must keep up with industry changes
At this moment, optometric leaders are seemingly wedged between fighting against online refractions and spectacles and fighting for “follow the money/ophthalmologic care.”
Details matter when prescribing meso-zeaxanthin
Recently, there has been interest by pediatric ophthalmology in protecting our most valuable retinal real estate, the fovea, with dietary zeaxanthin
Why ODs should monitor hypertension in patients
Optometrists need to take on a greater role in helping patients identify and control hypertension
Insulin resistance is more important than you think
In the city of Chicago, there’s a 95-year-old retired pathologist and professor with a wry smile on his face. More than 50 years ago, Joseph Kraft, MD, identified that many tinnitus patients were in fact pre-diabetic.1 Back then this was a leaner America, and far fewer citizens had diabetes. Of course, much has radically changed.
How diet and nutrition affect disease
Diet and nutrition play significant roles in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease.1,2 Every five years, our government releases dietary guidelines based upon all the players in the “food fight.
Why ODs should care about sugar
Fifty years of dietary guidelines have emphasized “low fat” and “low cholesterol” eating, so manufacturers obliged by creating foods with increasing sugar and wheat/gluten content while promoting exercise and widespread use of statins to lower cholesterol. Yet Americans have become overweight, obese, and typically less healthy at an alarming rate. The newest 2015-2020 U.S. dietary guidelines, eighth edition, are attempting to address this issue by limiting “added sugar.”1
Ocular Nutrition Society to hold symposium in conjunction with Vison Expo East
The Ocular Nutrition Society (ONS) has announced the schedule for its education symposium, to be held Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Jacob Javits Conference Center in New York City, in conjunction with Vision Expo East.
Nutrition’s role in eye care
What are some common questions our patients expect to hear from us? “How is your vision? Which is better, one or two? How many nights out of the average month do you sleep in your contact lenses?” Sure, these are the easy answers, but when is the last time you surprised your patient with a question about their diet?
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