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Decreased Vitamin D Intake Linked to Dry Eye

There’s always a group of dry eye patients who don’t get relief from traditional therapies

Numerous studies suggest that vitamin D plays a protective role in dealing with dry eye. It does this by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent for our tears. Since increasing vitamin D intake is positive for our overall health, I’m led to believe that more vitamin D plus eye drops (as opposed to eye drops alone), could be an effective solution for dry eye. When I see a patient with dry eye, I advise him/her to collaborate with their primary care doctor to assess for vitamin D deficiency. If the patient is below the recommended vitamin D levels, then supplementation may […]

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Dealing with Age-Related Macular Degeneration 101 – (Part Two)

AMD sufferers will likely encourage family members to get their eyes checked more frequently to ensure early detection

When it comes to advanced macular degeneration, there aren’t many positive things to say. It’s a sad subject with more questions than answers. I can usually think of something positive to write about most other eye health topics, but not this one. The best way to deal with AMD is to avoid it altogether. When AMD reaches an advanced stage, it not only affects the individual patient, but family members as well (due to loss of independence). Advanced AMD sufferers need to be supported (by family members) and introduced to low-vision aides (such as handheld magnifiers) as soon as possible. […]

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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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Eye Healthy Foods – The Rundown of Healthy Fats

When it comes to your diet, it's important to make short-term, attainable goals to keep from getting discouraged

With so many diet options out there today, it’s difficult to figure out where to start. Several diet fads come and go, nobody knows what’s in or what’s out. Research says one thing, the television says another, billboards say another. But countless individuals are struggling with their weight, and most of them don’t even know where to begin. One huge mistake (in my opinion) is the Low Fat/Fat Free diet. Since foods with no (or low) fat tend to taste pretty bad, a ton of sugar is used to counterbalance the scales. And it doesn’t take a genius to understand […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Highlights of New Nordic Cuisine

Scandinavian chefs are keeping old traditions alive by using modern preparation techniques and locally sourced ingredients

When I think of the Nordic countries – Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Finland come to mind. When I think of popular European food cultures, Nordic Cuisine isn’t necessarily at the forefront. But that’s starting to change thanks to the recent opening of the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Station. Most mornings, I’ll usually make my own breakfast, or grab some fruit on the go. But now if I’m running late, I can always grab a smørrebrød, a kanelsnurrer, or some skyr. You probably have no idea what I’m saying, but those are good options to have (an […]

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The Health Effects of Unhealthy Gut Bacteria

Poor gut health has been linked to age related macular degeneration, which is one of the main causes of blindness

The wise philosopher, Hippocrates, once said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Granted, “the Father of Modern Medicine” made this statement almost 2400 years ago. But judging from what we know now, I’d have to say he was onto something. Today, the topic of gut health gains traction every once in while. But since there’s no quick fix involved, and changing dietary habits can be tedious, the issue gets put on the back burner. In my opinion, several issues are the result of poor gut health, which is basically caused by the use of multiple anti-biotics and/or consuming a diet […]

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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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Recipes – Cold Brew Coffee (Stirred then Shaken)

If you love coffee and you can't get enough, try this do it yourself cold brew method

If you’re a coffee drinker (like me), you typically fall into one of the following three coffee drinking categories: You like to dabble here and there (on a lunch date or after dinner) One cup (or two… or three) gets you through the day You absolutely love coffee and you can’t get enough of it Maybe there’s somewhere in between? As for myself, I might come off like I belong in the third category, but I’m actually in the second. One or two cups will get me through my day. Now, this may have something to do with the rising […]

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Recipes – (Grilled or Sautéed) Healthy Veggie Sandwich

Sandwiches aren't always the healthiest food option, but a tasty one can be as healthy as you want it to be

When it comes to food, very few things beat a good sandwich. They’re quick, they’re straight to the point, and they get the job done. And sometimes you can even have two (or three). Most of the time, sandwiches aren’t always the healthiest food option, but a tasty one can be as healthy as you want it to be. Moreover, a good sandwich takes on the personality of the creator. It can be perfectly handcrafted, a complete mess, or somewhere in between. Either way, you can definitely tell a lot about a person by the way they make a sandwich. […]

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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 […]