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Modern Optical Innovations for Preventing Digital Eyestrain (Update)

These optical advancements represent a change in our basic eye care needs and a growing demand for more relevant treatment options

These optical innovations are referred to as modern because digital eyestrain is a fairly new occurrence (in the grand scheme of things). In the early days of computer usage (20-30 years ago, let’s say), people didn’t think twice about staring at their monitors all day long. Fast-forward to today and there’s smartphones, tablets, readers and laptops along with a whole host of physical ailments that come with device overuse. Check out my updated list of optical innovations for preventing digital eyestrain: For Your Computer – Blue Light Filters: Computers have feelings too. Well, maybe not. But you still should be […]

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8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes While Working Behind a Computer

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) can lead to a lower level of efficiency in the workplace

Computer Vision Syndrome makes the eyes feel tired, strained and uncomfortable. If we’re not careful, it can also to lead to a lower level of efficiency in the workplace (e.g. spaghetti code or mangled excel sheets). Luckily for us, we can take several precautions to help our eyes function at their best, especially at work. Here’s a list of eight ways to reduce digital eyestrain and optimize your time behind the computer. Turn on the Lights If your computer screen is the only source of light in the room, your eyes will tend to focus on it. Try to make […]

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Computer Vision Syndrome – Blinded by Blue Light?

The optimal (digital) work environment begins with controlling the things you can control

Computer Vision Syndrome may have you down and you may not even know it. According to the American Optometric Association, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) “describes a group of eye and vision related problems from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell-phone use.” Some symptoms of CVS are obvious, but others can throw you for a loop. If you stare at any computer screen for long enough, you’ll eventually start to notice at least one of the following symptoms: Dry eyes Burning sensations in the eyes Blurred vision Light sensitivity Neck and back stiffness Tension headaches felt more around the eyes Feeling […]

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Developing Healthy Habits Using Structure & Organization

When making a commitment to a new health protocol, it's best to trust the process all the way through

It’s only natural to feel overwhelmed by too many options. These days, there’s so much information out there regarding health, it’s hard to know who or what to trust. It can all be very intimidating, at least it is for me. To cope with the madness, I’ve been reading articles and books on developing healthy habits. I’m sometimes guilty of favoring my own worldview (aren’t we all), but that doesn’t stop me from trying to incorporate positive change. If I come across something that resonates with me, I’ll try it out without over-analyzing. If it starts to work, I’ll stick […]

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“Turning Off the Faucet” – The Importance of Prevention

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” Dr. Steven Lome (cardiologist), recently wrote an inspiring […]

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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 […]

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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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Advanced Exercise Concepts – Mind Over Matter

Just like most of your body's main organs, your eyes are affected by the way you take care of yourself

As you continue to “Live in Your Ocularprime,” you’ll eventually come to understand the eye healthy benefits of exercise. As an eye doctor, I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a fitness expert, but I try to do the very best I can with what I have. At the same time, I don’t consider myself a pushover. I was involved with dance in my younger years (all the way through college). I wasn’t born with the natural ability of a Team USA women’s soccer player, or a UFC Champion, but I did manage to stretch my body’s athletic capability as far as […]

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The Dangers of Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

If a sedentary lifestyle leads to obesity or even diabetes, permanent vision loss can be the result

I’m not exactly sure who coined the term, “Sitting is the New Smoking.” But the first time I heard it, I figured it wasn’t true. Nothing is the new smoking. Smoking will always be smoking, and the consequences of smoking are as dangerous as they’ve always been. To bolster my point, if you smoke, you have to pay for your cigarettes. If you smoke in New York City, you’re paying upwards of $13 a pack. Now, I’m not great with numbers, but I’m pretty sure it all adds up. Throw in the price of your long-term health and it’ll cost […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – How Does Caffeine Affect the Eyes?

A recent study shows that people who consume caffeine produce more tears compared to those who don't

If you’re anything like me, your day doesn’t start until you get that morning “cup of joe.” It can come in the form of a latte, a shot of espresso (or two), warm or cold brew, even a cappuccino, a macchiato, or a flat white. The thought of coffee gets me out of bed in the morning, it’s just what I need to get going, and I look forward to it every day. You get it, right? A History Lesson: So for a brief history lesson (and this is my take on the whole thing)… The popularity of coffee in […]