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The Dangers of Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

If a sedentary lifestyle leads to obesity or even diabetes, permanent vision loss can be the result

I’m not exactly sure who coined the term, “Sitting is the New Smoking.” But the first time I heard it, I figured it wasn’t true. Nothing is the new smoking. Smoking will always be smoking, and the consequences of smoking are as dangerous as they’ve always been. To bolster my point, if you smoke, you have to pay for your cigarettes. If you smoke in New York City, you’re paying upwards of $13 a pack. Now, I’m not great with numbers, but I’m pretty sure it all adds up. Throw in the price of your long-term health and it’ll cost […]

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OcularPrime (Update) – 100th Post

I've never felt more engaged with my profession and the surrounding landscape than I do right now

Today’s a special day (in my eyes, at least). As soon as I hit the publish button (for this post), it’ll mark 100 posts on OcularPrime. This may or may not seem like much (depending on how much YOU like to write), but it’s the result of a lot of hard work (trust me). So a quick review of the paragraph I just wrote. You can probably notice my liberal use of parentheses (?). It’s like saying more than actually NEEDS to be said. The sentences still work without the parentheses (try the first paragraph), but the extra words give […]

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“Turning Off the Faucet” – The Importance of Prevention

It's extremely important for a doctor and patient to work as a team, especially when it comes to chronic disease prevention

In my opinion, it’s best for a doctor to get to know his/her patients and to work as a team (with any given patient). Moreover, no matter where a patient stands on the healthcare spectrum, the topic of prevention should always be a priority. Understandably, we live in the “real world” and “real world problems” need to be solved with “real world solutions”. But keep in mind that healthy habits usually lead to healthier results, and the sooner those healthy habits can be incorporated, better outcomes can be expected. “Mopping the Floor” Cardiologist, Dr. Steven Lome, recently wrote an inspiring […]

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Correct Posture Techniques & “Tech Neck” Prevention

Looking down at your digital device for long periods of time can result in a new ailment called "Tech Neck"

Health risks caused by digital device overuse may include digital eyestrain, computer vision syndrome, and possibly myopia. But now there’s more. The process of looking down at your screen(s) for long periods of time can apparently result in a new ailment called “tech neck”. Spine-Health describes tech neck as the result of “holding your head flexed and forward while looking down at your handheld device and/or laptop screen, which places your cervical spine in a tenuous position.” “Over long periods of time, maintaining this head-forward posture can lead to muscle strain, disc injury, nerve impingement, and arthritic changes of the […]

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Book Review – Younger Next Year* for Women

Exercise doesn't only slow the body's decaying process, it's also been linked to better vision as we age

I recently read the book, “Younger Next Year: For Women” by Chris Crowley & Dr. Henry (Harry) S. Lodge. The book specifically targets women forty years of age and up. But as someone just outside of that range, I was able to glean a bit of good information for myself. In all actuality, the information revealed in the book can be applied to any age group. The main idea is to slow the physical aging process based on the scientific evidence of what causes our bodies to decay over time. The number one theme of importance is physical exercise, which […]

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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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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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Summer Health Tips – Seven Ideas for Healthy Eyes

Our surroundings change around this time of year, especially for those of us who live in seasonal cities

Change is a good thing, and it’s happening all around us today. Cities are changing, the suburbs are changing, technology is changing, businesses are changing, the weather is changing. If that’s not enough, I don’t even have to go to the grocery store to pick up my groceries, I no longer have to hail a cab the old-fashioned way, and Cleveland (yes, Cleveland) is now considered the City of Champions. Now wait a second, I’m glad Cleveland finally made a blip on the sports radar after fifty some odd years, but I think the Browns need to win something first. […]