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How Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Affects the Eyes

Blood pressure rises & falls throughout the day, but it can damage the heart AND the eyes if it stays high for a long time

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries which carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. It normally rises & falls throughout the day, but can damage the heart and cause health problems if high for a long time.” Since a vast amount of American adults have high blood pressure (or hypertension), it’s easily the most common systemic disease in the United States. The condition occurs when blood pressure reads 140/90 mmHg or higher (normal resting state is 120/80 mmHg). […]

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Recipes – (Omega-3 Packed) Berry-Banana Chia Pudding

This recipe requires several hours of refrigeration so it's best to make it at night, then have it for breakfast the next day

If you haven’t tried chia seeds yet, you’re probably missing out. Without question, these tiny bundles of nutrition are one of the best super foods available (in my opinion). Often times, I sneak them into smoothies, oatmeal, and even salads. And truth be told, sometimes I just drink them plain (mixed in water). One delicious way to consume chia seeds is in the form of chia pudding (think pudding cups, but with a more interesting texture). Since it requires several hours of refrigeration, it’s best to make chia pudding at night, then have it for breakfast in the morning. Also, […]

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Overtraining Syndrome – Am I Working Out Too Much?

If your body is fatigued, it's imperative to ease back on workouts to avoid a blowout

So you’ve recently hit your stride when it comes to working out. In the past, you were a bit apprehensive. You had other things to do. But as you began to consider your long-term health, you just couldn’t deny the benefits of exercise. And now you’re probably feeling great because of it. But the benefits extend far beyond your feelings. You’re likely making better life decisions too. Challenging exercise leads to an improved state of mental health. It also results in better eating habits, and a more structured lifestyle. If that’s not enough, now you’re probably a bit more of […]

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Recipes – Seasonal (or not) Stuffed Acorn Squash

Widely considered a seasonal favorite, acorn squash is an eye healthy source of vitamin C and beta-carotene

The arrival of Labor Day means summer is on its way out. No more sticky days in the NYC heat, but a few more hot ones wouldn’t surprise me. As fall approaches, the seasons are changing once again. Although this time around, the change is more subtle. From a healthy food standpoint, fall is my favorite time of year. In my opinion, the leaves can’t turn red soon enough (judging by my most recent recipe posts). I can already smell the cinnamon & apples and taste the sweet potato pie. I’ve even added some pumpkin spice to my morning coffee. […]

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Back to School – Tips For Healthy Eyes (All Year Long)

Assuming procrastination is the norm, it's probably a good idea to squeeze in an eye exam before the school year starts

The start of a new school year is right around the corner (maybe it’s already begun). If I can remember correctly, this is the time when students of all ages make a last-minute scramble to prepare. Assuming procrastination is the norm, it’s probably a good idea to squeeze in an eye exam as well. Several studies suggest our ability to learn is directly connected to our ability to see. Furthermore, the challenges posed by another year of school can be difficult enough (hitting the books, playing sports, socializing, extra curricular activities, etc.). Without question, those challenges can be enhanced by […]

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OcularPrime (Update) – 50th Post

Thank you to everyone out there keeping up with me, especially those who've been in contact through the site

Earlier this year, I made plans to extend the health and eye care conversation beyond my exam room. Due to limited time with patients, I felt several important topics weren’t getting enough attention. I also wanted to make myself available, if necessary. With the encouragement of some good family and friends, OcularPrime was created. Fifty posts later, I’d have to say it’s in full swing. In regards to online blogging, I’m starting to find my footing. Keeping up with the industry, curating topics, and social media planning is helping me find my voice. It’s also shaping my identity, which is […]

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Recipes – (Light & Crispy) Tuscan Kale Chips

If you've never tried your own kale chips recipe, you're missing out on some quick and easy nutrition

Over the last several years, healthy eating has become a top priority in my life. And my kitchen just so happens to reflect my lifestyle choice. There’s very little (if any) junk food laying around my pantry. This is mainly to avoid temptation, but truth be told, I don’t even remember the last time I bought a bag of chips. But who doesn’t look forward to a crunchy snack every now and then? Sure enough, I’ve found something healthy to fill the void. If you’ve never tried your own kale chips recipe, you’re missing out on some quick and easy […]

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Women’s Tennis Legend Battles Sjogren’s Syndrome

Venus Williams has long battled Sjögren's Syndrome, a systemic auto-immune disease that affects the entire body

It’s almost the end of August in New York, which means the US Open is right around the corner. For those who don’t know, the US Open is one of four major tennis events (or Grand Slams), and the only one that takes place on US soil. Action begins on August 29th and runs through September 11th. Novak Djokovic is the smart money on the men’s side, while Serena Williams has a chance to make history on the women’s. Speaking of Serena, as of right now, she’s tied for the most career US Open titles (6). If she takes the […]

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Recipes – (End Of Summer) Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, which helps to slow the progress of macular degeneration

When it comes to overall health, the benefits of sweet potatoes are numerous. These bright orange bundles of goodness promote everything from heart, skin, and bone health – to minimizing the effects of stress, slowing down the aging process, and decreasing our risk of cancer. They’re also great for the eyes too. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, which helps to slow the progress of macular degeneration. Need more reasons to put sweet potatoes on your plate? I’ll keep going… Our bodies convert beta carotene to vitamin A, a very important nutrient that helps prevent dry eye […]

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Avoiding Eyelid Infections (Styes) by Reducing Blepharitis

Patients who consistently suffer from eyelid infections are relieved to find out that pain can be minimized

Outside of the eye care world, the term blepharitis doesn’t get much use. Let’s face it, it’s a long/funny word. And you’ve probably never even heard of it. However, you should be aware of blepharitis (inflammation of eyelid margins) because untreated it can lead to a hordeolum (fancy name for stye). If you’ve experienced a stye firsthand, chances are your experience wasn’t pleasant. If you’ve never had a stye before, consider yourself lucky. The onset of a stye can be unexpected, annoying, and painful, all at the same time. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), a stye (infected oil […]