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7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Summer

As summertime rolls around, most people are looking forward to spending more time with family and more time outdoors

Change is a good thing and it’s happening all around us today. Cities are changing, technology is changing and (best of all) the weather is changing. As summertime (2018) rolls around, most people are looking forward to activities which include more time spent with the family and more time outdoors. Those activities also include (typically) lighter clothes, colder drinks and a fashionable pair of sunglasses. Speaking of sunglasses, the summertime definitely is NOT the time of year to forget them at home. It’s also not the best time to neglect your eye health. That said, the following summer eye health […]

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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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OcularPrime (Update) – 100th Post

I've never felt more engaged with my profession and the surrounding landscape than I do right now

Today’s a special day (in my eyes, at least). As soon as I hit the publish button (for this post), it’ll mark 100 posts on OcularPrime. This may or may not seem like much (depending on how much YOU like to write), but it’s the result of a lot of hard work (trust me). So a quick review of the paragraph I just wrote. You can probably notice my liberal use of parentheses (?). It’s like saying more than actually NEEDS to be said. The sentences still work without the parentheses (try the first paragraph), but the extra words give […]

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Recipes – Cold Brew Coffee (Stirred then Shaken)

If you love coffee and you can't get enough, try this do it yourself cold brew method

If you’re a coffee drinker (like me), you typically fall into one of the following three coffee drinking categories: You like to dabble here and there (on a lunch date or after dinner) One cup (or two… or three) gets you through the day You absolutely love coffee and you can’t get enough of it Maybe there’s somewhere in between? As for myself, I might come off like I belong in the third category, but I’m actually in the second. One or two cups will get me through my day. Now, this may have something to do with the rising […]

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Recipes – (Grilled or Sautéed) Healthy Veggie Sandwich

Sandwiches aren't always the healthiest food option, but a tasty one can be as healthy as you want it to be

When it comes to food, very few things beat a good sandwich. They’re quick, they’re straight to the point, and they get the job done. And sometimes you can even have two (or three). Most of the time, sandwiches aren’t always the healthiest food option, but a tasty one can be as healthy as you want it to be. Moreover, a good sandwich takes on the personality of the creator. It can be perfectly handcrafted, a complete mess, or somewhere in between. Either way, you can definitely tell a lot about a person by the way they make a sandwich. […]

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Recipes – “Solomon Gundy” (Maritime 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 […]

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Interesting Observations 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) […]

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Recipes – (Colorful) Shaved Carrot, Beet, & Radish Salad

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

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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Recipes – Red Beets and Pickled Eggs

Pickling is an excellent way to experiment with new flavors, and to 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 […]

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Sharing Some Thoughts for a Happy & Healthy New Year

Keep in mind, your self-image will bend over backwards to fulfill any label you put on yourself in 2017

As the old saying goes, “a new year, a new beginning.” If change is your desire in 2017, remember to set short-term, reasonably attainable goals to build momentum. And don’t throw in the towel if you steer off course. We’re all just human, and we all want a safe, happy, and healthy new year. To Have a Happy & Healthy New Year… Don’t Wait for New Year’s to Make a Resolution Resolutions play a big role in everyone’s healthy new year. In fact, I’m actually making a couple right now. However, it’s not a good idea to refuse change when […]