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Multifocal Lenses – Weighing the Pros and Cons

Our vision starts to change when we reach the age of 40 and beyond, but multifocal lenses can ensure a smooth transition

The age of 40 is generally considered to be a turning point in life. If you’re reading this post, you’ve either been there and done that, or you’re steamrolling toward 40 like an out-of-control freight train (or maybe you’re too young to know any better). If you’re like me and turning 40 is in the future, you’ll most likely have to grow accustomed to earlier bedtimes, more gray hair, and a hangover from merely thinking about a glass of wine (so I’ve heard). If 40’s in your rear view mirror, you probably didn’t mind those days so much. Our vision […]

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Finding the Right Pair of Eyeglasses for Me

When faced with a choice, you should always trust your eye doctor along with your own personal flair and individuality

With so many different types of glasses available these days, it’s hard to know where to turn for good advice on making a purchase. Add in the high-end brands and crazy prices, you may be out a few bucks if you accidentally lose a pair. It’s good to keep a couple pairs of glasses on hand, but having too many options can lead to indecisiveness. When faced with a choice, you should always trust your eye doctor along with your own personal flair and individuality. If you can’t see 20/20 without glasses, an eye exam is the best place to […]

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Managing Dry Eye Disease – Treatment Options (Update)

As 2017 nears it's end, I'm confident that help is on the way for the vast majority of dry eye sufferers

The last year has been an exciting one in terms of dry eye disease. The new medication Xiidra made its debut and DEWS2 officially updated the dry eye definition. If that’s not enough, Shire (the parent company of Xiidra) started a public health campaign called MyEyeLove, which increased the overall awareness of dry eye. This marked the beginning of celebrity endorsements in the eye care industry, which has definitely been a game changer. I say this because many new (and existing) patients have been asking me: “Do I have what Jennifer Aniston has?” Personally, I didn’t realize the impact would […]

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Increased Hydration Linked to Dry Eye Improvements

Because of our not-so-great beverage choices, most of us are dehydrated, and we don’t even know it

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For those out there struggling with dry eye, a rather recent study suggests that dry eye symptoms can be improved with increased hydration. Per this particular study, the subjects were divided into two groups, then instructed to hydrate their bodies either habitually or therapeutically. Over the course of the one week study, the group that hydrated therapeutically saw slight improvements in their Dry Eye Questionnaire (DEQ) test results. As a result, the study concluded that “subjects get multiple ocular benefits from increased hydration,” even though their dry eye symptoms didn’t improve much. From the wording of the article, it seems […]

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Malignant or Benign – Advice for Dealing with Eye Floaters

Eye floaters go unnoticed most of the time, but sometimes they're too large to ignore

This week, I’m going back over a story that was published in the Washington Post last year. Exploring the topic of eye floaters, black spots, and flashes, writer Jill Adams explained how Patrick Muffler (a retired geologist from Palo Alto) almost went blind. To paraphrase the article, Mr. Muffler’s eye health emergency developed over the period of about five days. On a Thursday he noticed “funny v-shaped floaters” in his eye. When he woke up on Friday, the floaters were still there along with several more “black dots.” Over the course of the weekend, he “developed a cloudy area in […]

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Cataracts – Risk Factors, Symptoms & Treatment

If cataracts eventually become an issue, a surgical procedure may indeed be the best treatment option available

In the world of health and eye care, cataracts are well-known as one of the major causes of vision loss. However, in nature, a cataract can also be defined as a waterfall, especially a large, cascading one (hence the pic). Needless to say, this pairing of terms seems quite odd. I’m not too sure where the similarity exists, but it could be because visual cataracts seem to make light scatter, similar to the way water scatters at the bottom of a nature cataract (waterfall)? Now, I could be totally wrong on this assumption. However, if anyone knows the correct association, […]

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Examining the Role of Today’s Optometrist

When a given retina is examined, optometrists can gain an inside look at the overall health of the person

The role of an optometrist seems simple enough. Determine the best vision option for patients. Check for diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Assess for dry eye, allergies, and inflammation. So on and so forth. But does it stop there? In all actuality, the eyes are very complex organs which connect to the rest of the body. When a given retina is examined, today’s optometrists can gain an inside look at the overall health of the person to which the retina belongs. Early signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other diseases can be detected through […]

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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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Eye Healthy Foods – Absorbing Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin comes through food consumption, which is why nutrition is so important

It isn’t easy to eat healthy in New York City, but it’s not impossible either. Not even in the least bit. In fact, inexpensive, healthy and quick options are everywhere. Especially when it comes to green, leafy vegetables. Now, I understand NYC is the land of pizza (thin sliced, folded), hot dogs (dirty water), Michelin stars (most in the United States, by far) and Italian restaurants (or restaurants of any ethnicity), but healthier options are always right around the corner (or even right next door). All you have to do is look. If you’re in NYC and you don’t want […]

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Dry Eye Updates from #OM2017 in Washington DC

Optimal dry eye treatments should quell inflammation, which has been a major target of both Restasis and Xiidra

This past weekend, Optometry’s Meeting (OM2017) took place in Washington DC where several political aspects of eye health took center stage. One such instance was when 2300 students marched up Capitol Hill in an effort to urge congress to support the DOC Access Act (HR 1606). Events like this don’t happen often in our field, but advocacy is definitely important. And sometimes students are the best advocates, which is a good thing for me because they can yell louder than I can. But they also have the type of energy that persuades more experienced individuals to do right by them, […]