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Xiidra (Lifitegrast) Approved for Dry Eye Relief

Xiidra (Lifitegrast) is the first eye drop to be developed for chronic dry eye in well over a decade

Earlier this week, the FDA approved Xiidra (Lifitegrast), a new treatment for dry eye. According to its press release, “Xiidra is the first medication in a new class of drugs, called lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) antagonist, approved by the FDA for dry eye disease.” This is big news to me because Xiidra is the first eye drop to be developed for chronic dry eye in well over a decade. As of right now, Restasis (released by Allergan in 2003) is the only dry eye medication (in eye drop form) on the market. The approval of Xiidra paves the way […]

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Positive Stress Management – Ten Tension Easing Tips

Certain people are so acclimated to chronic stress that they're immune to most of its effects

Transit delays are one of my main causes of stress because being late for work throws off my entire schedule. In fact, delays cause me so much stress that I often have recurring nightmares. The story typically begins as I oversleep my alarm, but only by fifteen minutes. You might think fifteen minutes isn’t a big deal, but we’re talking fifteen New York minutes, which can seem like an hour. As the nightmare unfolds, I rush to the subway station, swipe my metrocard and get to the track, but the train doors shut out half my body. I try to […]

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Summer Health Tips – Seven Ideas for Healthy Eyes

Our surroundings change around this time of year, especially for those of us who live in seasonal cities

Change is a good thing, and it’s happening all around us today. Cities are changing, the suburbs are changing, technology is changing, businesses are changing, the weather is changing. If that’s not enough, I don’t even have to go to the grocery store to pick up my groceries, I no longer have to hail a cab the old-fashioned way, and Cleveland (yes, Cleveland) is now considered the City of Champions. Now wait a second, I’m glad Cleveland finally made a blip on the sports radar after fifty some odd years, but I think the Browns need to win something first. […]

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Recipes – (Vitamin C) Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

One red bell pepper contains over 150mg of vitamin C, which is well above the recommended daily allowance

As we learned in my last post on eye healthy foods, vitamin C is very important to our overall health. This powerful anti-oxidant helps to produce collagen and protects our bodies from sickness and disease (among other things). And unlike other vitamins and supplements, vitamin C is easy to ingest, which leaves us no excuse to be deficient in any way. Vitamin C contains several eye healthy benefits as well. Consistent intake can slow the progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Vitamin C also promotes healthy blood vessels, which is good for the eyes because our retinas contain a […]

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Eye-Focused Fashion Trends

Stay true to your personality when playing with makeup and enjoy the process of finding what works for you.

As I explained in my last post, the use of makeup is a time-tested way to enhance beauty. At the same time, it’s best to pay attention to detail when applying makeup because irritation and/or infections can sneak up without warning. These days, it’s not hard to find a fashion expert who can hand out relevant beauty advice. I, for one, am no fashion expert, but I am pretty well-rounded when it comes to eye health. That said, it’s best for me to know a little something about everything related to the eyes. I like to think my advice holds […]

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Makeup Tips for Healthy Eyes

The right makeup combination makes our eyes more interesting, but it can cause problems if we're not careful

According to one particular fashion icon, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” While I can’t possibly think of a better explanation of true beauty, most of us still have to face our toughest critic in the mirror every morning, and that’s not always easy. If you’re like me, you’re not completely comfortable unless you’re hiding behind a little makeup (sometimes a lot). Plenty of women can get away with a more natural look (especially in New York, apparently), but plenty choose to cover up (at least a little bit) and opt for safer ground. Do’s & Don’ts: […]

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Recipes – (Omega-3 Enriched) Creamy Salmon Chowder

It's important to note that salmon is one of the best food sources of Omega-3 fatty acids

To reiterate some points from my last post, a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent hypertension and heart disease. From an eye standpoint, they can also improve symptoms of dry eye and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Needless to say, the health benefits of Omega-3’s are NUMEROUS. But from a tasty food perspective, Omega 3 recipes can be limited, sometimes boring, and even hard to consume (if not prepared properly). Case in point, I was recently brunching with a couple of relatives. In our conversation, I was describing my preference for Omega 3 recipes. At […]

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Incorporate a Simple Routine to Sleep Better

Human beings are hard-wired for activity during the day, and sleep during the night

To rehash some major points from my last post, poor sleep habits can lead to impaired judgment, memory loss, and anxiety/depression (among other things). It can also factor into major health complications such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and diabetes. The lack of sleep can also lead to eye health problems such as dry eye, spasms (twitch), and inflammation. Furthermore, prioritizing sleep can take a lot of hard work (since we’re all creatures of habit). In this post, I’ll make some (hopefully) habit-forming suggestions and go over a simple bedtime routine that should make you want to shut your […]

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The Healthy Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

How your body operates at night has a major affect on how you operate during the day

It’s rather obvious that not all facets of good health revolve around the eyes. However, I think it’s safe to assume that most facets of good health help the eyes (and the heart, and the lungs, and the brain, etc.). It all pretty much ties together. Now it’s definitely in our best interest to keep eye problems at a minimum. But the main idea is total body health because we operate at our best when everything is working properly. On a typical day, most of my time is spent on patient eye care. At the same time, there can be […]

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Recipes – (Sight Enhancing) Side of Vegetable Slaw

Since protein choices come in little variety, it make sense to have some fun with sides

Cooking healthy recipes is quickly becoming a fun new hobby. I really enjoy planning the meal, then executing it. It’s quite satisfying when the dish turns out right. And an added bonus to eat healthy and reinforce good habits. As a relatively new cook, it’s easy to pick a main course. I typically go with grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, or anything from the Omega-3 fish family. However, it’s a bit more difficult to pick the right side dish. There’s so many options, which makes it hard to find the perfect pair. Eye Healthy Ingredients: Since protein choices come in little […]