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Does Cigarette Smoking Lead to Vision Problems?

Smoking poses a threat to nearly every organ in your body, and the eyes are no exception

“I regret the day I ever started,” a friend once told me in reference to smoking. “I wish I’d put all that time, money, and effort into something else.” At the time, I didn’t really know what my friend was saying, so I brushed it off. But now, I completely understand and offer the following advice (better late than never, I guess). By the Numbers: If it’s not yet completely obvious, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States (it outpaces obesity and alcohol by a long shot). According to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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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 […]

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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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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

If you keep up with my blog, you’ll eventually learn all of the eye healthy exercise benefits. I don’t call myself a fitness expert by any stretch of the imagination. But I do try the 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 I could. And […]

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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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Developing Healthy Habits Using Structure & Organization

When making a commitment to a new 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 (it is for me). To cope, 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 implement it without over analyzing. If it starts to work, I’ll stick with it. And if I […]

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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” Cardiologist, Dr. Steven Lome, 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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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 […]

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Computer Vision Syndrome – Blinded by Blue Light?

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

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) may have you down, and you may not even know it. According to the American Optometric Association, 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 tired […]