A Closer Look at Health & Eye Care

Dry Eye Disease Updates from OM2017 in Washington DC

Optimal dry eye treatments should quell inflammation, which has been a major target of both Restasis and Xiidra

This past weekend, Optometry’s Meeting (OM2017) took place in Washington DC where several political aspects of eye health took center stage. In an effort to urge congress to support the DOC Access Act (HR 1606), 2300 students made the march up Capitol Hill to make their voices heard. Events like this emphasize the importance of advocacy, and sometimes students are the best advocates. This is a good thing for me because their voices are louder than mine. But they also have the type of energy that persuades more experienced individuals to do right by them. That said, OM2017 is heavily [...]

iOS 11 to Feature “Smart Invert” Option in Dark Mode

Apple plans to improve "dark mode" options when iOS 11 rolls out later this fall

So how much sleep did you get last night? Regardless of your answer, your performance TODAY will be drastically affected by how much time you spent between the sheets LAST NIGHT (literal, not figurative). If you get less than optimal sleep on a regular basis, most of your waking hours will be less productive than they should be. Loss of sleep can lead to decreased critical thinking skills and short-term memory problems. It may also cause you to eat more during the day, which could contribute to weight gain. Not to mention the excess caffeine you’ll need to compensate, which [...]

Cataracts – Risk Factors, Symptoms & Treatment Options

If cataracts eventually become an issue, a surgical procedure may indeed be the best treatment option available

With the month of June being Cataract Awareness Month (with an emphasis on risk factors, symptoms & treatment options), it doesn’t make sense to wait until September to discuss this extremely important eye health issue (that’s a joke). In the world of health and eye care, cataracts are well-known as one of the major causes of vision loss. However, in nature, a cataract can also be defined as a waterfall, especially a large, cascading one (hence the pic). Needless to say, this pairing of terms seems quite odd. I’m not too sure where the similarity exists, but it could be [...]

Age-Related Macular Degeneration 101 – (Part Two)

AMD sufferers will likely encourage family members to get their eyes checked more frequently to ensure early detection

When it comes to advanced macular degeneration, there aren’t many positive things to say. It’s a sad subject with more questions than answers. I can usually think of something positive to write about most other eye health topics, but not this one. The best way to deal with AMD is to avoid it altogether. When AMD reaches an advanced stage, it not only affects the individual patient, but family members as well (due to loss of independence). Advanced AMD sufferers need to be supported (by family members) and introduced to low-vision aides (such as handheld magnifiers) as soon as possible. [...]

Age-Related Macular Degeneration 101 – (Part One)

Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans

The month of May (2017) has been busy and long for me. But before I start making excuses, I’d like to quote One of the Best (a shortstop who recently had his number retired in the Bronx), “(You) get up each day, put on your uniform, go to work, do your best, and don’t make excuses. That’s all New York ever really asks for.” That particular advice is good enough for me. So let’s turn the page. Moving forward, I’ve wanted to talk about Macular Degeneration (AMD) for quite some time. Without question, it’s one of the most debilitating eye [...]

Recipes – “Solomon Gundy” (Maritime Style Pickled Herring)

Solomon Gundy is the mysterious name given to Maritime style pickled herring spread over cream cheese on a cracker

Solomon Gundy is an interesting name, especially for a type of food. It sounds more like something out of a comic book. However, don’t let the name fool you. If you take some time to get to know him (or it), you may be pleasantly surprised. Truth be told, Solomon Gundy is nothing more than the name for Maritime style pickled herring spread over cream cheese and crackers. I learned this while traveling to Nova Scotia during the month of April. In mysterious fashion, nobody actually knows why the dish is called Solomon Gundy. I asked the server at the [...]

Revisiting the Importance of Prevention – “Turning Off the Faucet”

It's extremely important for a doctor and patient to work as a team, especially when it comes to chronic disease prevention

In my opinion, it’s best for a doctor to get to know his/her patients and to work as a team (with any given patient). Moreover, no matter where a patient stands on the healthcare spectrum, the topic of prevention should always be a priority. Understandably, we live in the “real world” and “real world problems” need to be solved with “real world solutions”. But keep in mind that healthy habits usually lead to healthier results, and the sooner those healthy habits can be incorporated, better outcomes can be expected. “Mopping the Floor” Cardiologist, Dr. Steven Lome, recently wrote an inspiring [...]

Interesting Takeaways from Vision Expo East (2017)

"The world's most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo" converged on New York City last week

Last week, the international eye care world converged on New York City for Vision Expo East. Billed as the “the world’s most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo,” Vision Expo takes place twice a year (once in New York, once in Las Vegas) and is packed full of “events focused on education, fashion and technology.” Since Vision Expo takes place fairly close to home (for me), I didn’t need to make any elaborate NYC plans. In fact, all I had to do was fit the convention into my weekend plans. I would typically take the subway (the 4/5 to the 7) [...]

Advancements in Eye Pressure Monitoring from Home

One key to the successful management of glaucoma is to keep eye pressure at a set target and monitor it regularly

In the world of health and eye care, glaucoma is considered a silent disease. Most patients just don’t see it coming when they get diagnosed. In a way, glaucoma can be similar to hypertension (or high blood pressure). It can lead to blindness (if untreated) the same way untreated hypertension can lead to a heart attack or stroke. That being said, glaucoma can certainly catch a patient off guard. But frustration exists on both sides of the ball (doctor and patient). Since there aren’t many noticeable symptoms in the early stages of glaucoma, it can be easy for patients to [...]

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 [...]

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