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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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: […]