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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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Recipes – (Not-So-Sweet) Cinnamon Baked Apples

The bulk of sugar related health issues come from consuming excessive amounts, not from ordinary intake

This week, I hit the sugar topic pretty hard. But all the talk shouldn’t be so negative. Without a doubt, there is a safe threshold when it comes to sugar intake. Especially for people who workout and/or participate in an active lifestyle. Like most things in life, it’s best to keep it all in perspective. The bulk of sugar related health issues come from consuming excessive amounts, not from ordinary intake. To curb sugar cravings we should always keep in mind our natural options. And a good balance will help the body feel better and less deprived. In the meantime, […]

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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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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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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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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 […]