National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Please take the time to schedule your annual eye exam.  Glaucoma, often called the “Silent Thief of Sight” is a hereditary eye disease that can affect patients at any age.  Because there are no early symptoms, it is essential that patients receive annual comprehensive eye examinations.  Risk factors for glaucoma include family history, smoking, history of trauma to the eye, and history of vascular disease (hypertension, diabetes, etc.).  To learn more about this condition, please click here.

Nutrition and Macular Degeneration

In recent years, multiple studies have conclusively shown that nutrition and a healthy diet promote positive ocular health. More specifically, two studies – AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) and AREDS 2 – determined that a specific combination of supplements may drastically decrease the risk of progressive age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

These studies showed that a daily intake of Lutein (10mg), DHA/EPA (500mg), Vitamin C (500mg), Vitamin E (400 IU) and Zinc (40-80mg) may decrease the risk of AMD by greater than 20%.  In our practice, we highly recommend the intake of these nutrients to anyone with one or more risk factors for AMD.  Risk factors include: 1.) a history of cigarette-smoking, 2.) a family history of AMD, and 3.) a history of prolonged exposure to the sun and outdoors.

This specific formulation of nutrients is readily available.  Our doctors most often promote the formulation produced by PRN (Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals).  For more information on the macular health products available through PRN, please click here.

Holiday Office Hours

Our office hours will be adjusted in the following manner during the holiday season: Both offices will be open from 8:30am to 1:30pm on Tuesday, December 24th.  Both offices will be closed on Christmas Day, and re-open with normal hours on Thursday, December 26th.  On Tuesday, December 31st, both offices will again be open from 8:30am to 1:30pm.  Both offices will close for New Year’s Day, and re-open with normal hours on Thursday, January 2nd.  For immediate updates on schedule changes, especially changes associated with inclement weather, please follow us on Facebook.