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Seasonal Affective Disorder, Indoor Lighting, & Eye Health

It's common that depression increases during winter months when there is a lack of light and warmth

Every year around mid-February it starts to hit me. The winter blues. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having the seasons here in the northeastern part of the United States. But the lack of warmth and daylight does start to take its toll. As far as my daily affairs are concerned, this is where grit kicks in. The holidays are well behind us and there’s not much to look forward to. On top of that, Punxsutawney Phil says there’s still six more weeks of winter, which leaves me feeling a bit like Phil Connors (Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog […]

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Ideas for an (Eye) Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year to incorporate eye healthy habits

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but only if you’ve been nice. If you’re on the naughty list this holiday season, try not to “scrooge” it up for everyone else. But regardless of which list you find yourself on, you’re probably ready to “jingle all the way.” In that case, have a blast & follow these Eye Healthy Holiday Tips. Gifts Ideas: My top three gift ideas for 2016: Gym Membership Jump Rope Cornhole A trial gym membership can provide motivation as the new year approaches. If you go this route, try to pick a gym that offers […]

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Multiple Sclerosis – Neurological Disorder with Ocular Setbacks

While the main cause of multiple sclerosis is still unknown, scientists believe several different factors are at work

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is “an abnormal response of the body’s immune system directed against the central nervous system.” In simpler terms, when a person has MS, their immune system attacks the cells that protect the brain, spinal cord, optic nerves, etc. When these cells become damaged, the nerves gets exposed, which makes it hard for the brain to send signals to the rest of the body. This process can result in coordination problems, muscle weakness, vision issues, and more. While the main cause of MS is still unknown, scientists believe several different factors […]

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Super Bowl MVP Tackles Vision Problems in the Community

Von Miller's willingness to help the vision impaired youth of Denver stems from his own problems as a child

The NFL season kicked off this past weekend, which is good news for fans of football. In the first game of the year, the Denver Broncos squeaked by the Carolina Panthers (21 – 20) in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. A big part of Denver’s victory came through the efforts of star linebacker, Von Miller. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s only 27 years old and he’s earned a lifetime’s worth of athletic honors. To start, he was a two time All-American in college at Texas A&M, then drafted 2nd overall by the Broncos in 2011. After […]

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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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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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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 […]

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Emotional Reactions to a Glaucoma Diagnosis

Glaucoma may very well affect your vision, but you can still keep other aspects of your health intact

We’ve all heard of glaucoma. It’s the harmful eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. If it goes untreated, it can lead to many surprises including peripheral vision loss, and even blindness. Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent glaucoma, which is all the more reason to be mindful of your annual eye exam. I covered the disease extensively in Part One and Part Two of my Preventing Vision Loss From Glaucoma series. As an eye care provider, I’ve seen the entire spectrum of glaucoma presentations. I can equip myself with as much information as […]

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Healthy Travel Tips – Flexibility is the Biggest Key to Success

If you keep the following advice handy, an eye problem should be the last thing on your itinerary

Need to get away? We all do. Sometimes. Like many people, I love to travel. But my travel needs may be slightly different. This could be a result of living in an extremely stimulating environment . Things move fast in New York. It’s a place where your senses fire on all cylinders, all the time. It’s almost like a rush. When I’m here, I never want to leave. When I leave, I don’t want to be gone for too long (3 or 4 days tops). I don’t know, maybe I’ve become fascinated. Or dependent. It all varies by perspective. I […]