A Closer Look at Health & Eye Care

Recipes – Colorful Shaved Carrot, Beet, & Radish Salad

If you're looking for a beta carotene/vitamin A boost, or simply considering a unique way to enjoy carrots, try this recipe

In my last post, I specifically talked about carrots and beta carotene. To repeat, beta carotene (abundantly found in carrots) is explicitly tied to vitamin A production in the body. Vitamin A is crucial to healthy vision (especially at nighttime) because the retina needs it to detect light and adjust vision. If you’re looking for a beta carotene/vitamin A boost, or if you’re simply considering a unique way to enjoy carrots, try the following recipe for a Colorful Shaved Carrot, Beet, & Radish Salad with honey-lemon dijon dressing. Ingredients For the salad: 4 carrots (peeled, cut into two) 4 beets [...]

Eye Healthy Foods – Beta Carotene & Vitamin A

Beta carotene helps the body produce vitamin A, which is used by the retina to detect light and adjust our vision accordingly

We’ve all heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” In the world of health & eye care, an equivalent saying might be, “a carrot a day keeps the doctor away.” While both sayings have good intentions, the amount of truth that can be extracted from either is up for debate. For example, carrots DO NOT prevent the need for glasses or contact lenses, but they do protect our eyes from light damage. This is because carrots contain an important carotenoid called beta carotene. According to the National Eye Institute, “beta carotene plays a significant role in [...]

Correct Posture Techniques & “Tech Neck” Prevention

Looking down at your digital device for long periods of time can result in a new ailment called "Tech Neck"

Health risks caused by digital device overuse may include digital eyestrain, computer vision syndrome, and possibly myopia. But now there’s more. The process of looking down at your screen(s) for long periods of time can apparently result in a new ailment called “tech neck”. Spine-Health describes tech neck as the result of “holding your head flexed and forward while looking down at your handheld device and/or laptop screen, which places your cervical spine in a tenuous position.” “Over long periods of time, maintaining this head-forward posture can lead to muscle strain, disc injury, nerve impingement, and arthritic changes of the [...]

Anterior Uveitis: Red & Light Sensitive Eye(s)

Anterior uveitis needs to be monitored on a regular basis, but with proper treatment, it can be put into remission

I often like to think of our eyes as windows to the soul. But more appropriately, the eyes are more like a window into systemic health. I’ve talked in the past about diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, and how those diseases affect the eyes. Many times, younger patients diagnosed with these particular diseases get tipped off during a routine eye exam. When the eye(s) starts to get red, a whole host of issues can be assumed. However, a patient really won’t know what’s going on until he/she consults his/her eye doctor. Most patients assume abnormal redness is irritation or “pink [...]

Seasonal Affective Disorder, Indoor Lighting, & Eye Health

It's common that depression increases during winter months when there is a lack of light and warmth

Every year around mid-February it starts to hit me. The winter blues. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having the seasons here in the northeastern part of the United States. But the lack of warmth and daylight does start to take its toll. As far as my daily affairs are concerned, this is where grit kicks in. The holidays are well behind us and there’s not much to look forward to. On top of that, Punxsutawney Phil says there’s still six more weeks of winter, which leaves me feeling a bit like Phil Connors (Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog [...]

Smartphone Overuse & Eye Health Risks in Teenagers

Many young teens just don't understand the consequences of smartphone overuse

An interesting eye health story recently made its way onto NBC Nightly News. The segment entitled Kids’ Eyes Aged by Intense Use of Tablets & Phones tells of a Minnesota teenager who spends nearly 8-hours a day using a smartphone. As a result, this particular teen has been having trouble taking exams at school and has developed Dry Eye Disease (DED). In describing the effects of smartphone overuse, Dr. Ralph Chu states (in the video), “… you see this (DED) commonly in people who are in their 50’s & 60’s, but now with children who are using their smartphones a [...]

Making a Connection Between Oral Health and Glaucoma

If oral hygiene can be significantly linked to glaucoma, it will provide another tool in the battle against vision loss

I recently came across an article in the Optometry Times entitled: “How Oral and Dental Hygiene Plays a Role in Glaucoma,” by Benjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO. Interestingly enough, the article talks about a possible link between our “oral biome” (or mouth bacteria – the good, the bad, and the ugly) and one of the more severe ocular diseases (glaucoma). Citing a case-control study (where 119 case subjects with primary open-angle glaucoma and 78 control subjects without glaucoma were tested), researchers found that the case group “had fewer remaining natural teeth than the control group,” which suggests that “having more [...]

Recipes – Red Beets and Pickled Eggs

Pickling is an excellent way to experiment with new flavors, and preserve certain foods for long periods of time

As I stated in my last post, there are numerous health benefits to Nordic Cuisine. Foods associated with the region include loads of useful vitamins, anti-oxidants, and omega-3’s. Popular staples of the fare include everything from fresh fruits and foraged plants, to lean meats and wild caught fish. If you have a taste for any of these foods, you certainly won’t be disappointed (although it may take a bit of getting used to). However, you may want to go easy if you’ve never sampled Nordic. Any type of Smørrebrød (open face sandwich), a yogurt parfait (made with skyr), or a [...]

Eye Healthy Foods – Highlights of New Nordic Cuisine

Scandinavian chefs are keeping old traditions alive by using modern preparation techniques and locally sourced ingredients

When I think of the Nordic countries – Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Finland come to mind. When I think of popular European food cultures, Nordic Cuisine isn’t necessarily at the forefront. But that’s starting to change thanks to the recent opening of the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Station. Most mornings, I’ll usually make my own breakfast, or grab some fruit on the go. But now if I’m running late, I can always grab a smørrebrød, a kanelsnurrer, or some skyr. You probably have no idea what I’m saying, but those are good options to have (an [...]

Fifty Percent of the Battle is Just Getting There

If half the battle is won just by showing up, you've only got half way to go on your own

Fifty percent of the workout is just getting to the gym. Think I’m kidding? Hear me out. When you decide to workout, do you tough it out and make it happen? Or does the earth’s gravitational pull start working mysteriously against you? Is this you? “I went to the gym today because it makes me feel energized.” “I went to the gym today because I always loosen up once I get moving.” “I went to the gym today because I want to get better at jumping rope,” (or pushups, or hand stands, or whatever). OR is this you? “I want [...]

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