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Your eye doctor may be the first to diagnose you with diabetes

Your eye doctor may be the first to diagnose you with diabetes | eyes | Scoop.it
When doctors examine their patients, they are checking more than whether or not their vision has changed. 

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 11, 2015 5:57 PM

This article serves as a very good reminder of the importance of an annual eye exam.  As the article states, an annual eye exam may provide the first sign of Diabetic Retinopathy, and help a patient get treatment for Diabetes as soon as possible.

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Ask Well: A Cure for Macular Degeneration?

Ask Well: A Cure for Macular Degeneration? | eyes | Scoop.it
There is not yet a cure for macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the United States, but treatments are getting better.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, November 13, 2015 3:24 PM

This is an important article that discusses the advances in a leading cause of blindness, Macular Degeneration. This article also does a very good job mentioning that an annual eye exam is extremely important in detecting Macular Degeneration at an early stage. 


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An annual eye exam can catch macular degeneration while it is still in the dry form, Dr. Khurana said, and vitamins can help prevent it from progressing into the wet form, the main cause of vision loss.

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Diabetes, High Blood Pressure & Stroke Can be Detected in Your Eyes

Diabetes, High Blood Pressure & Stroke Can be Detected in Your Eyes | eyes | Scoop.it
Eyes are apparenlty more than windows to a person's soul, as they can also tell your eye doctor about your overall health, like if you are at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, and even stroke.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, August 21, 2015 6:13 PM

This is a very good article on the importance of an annual eye exam in the detection of major diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke

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Optometrists eye bigger role in managing chronic conditions

Optometrists eye bigger role in managing chronic conditions | eyes | Scoop.it
Optometrists are working more closely with physicians and insurers to identify patients' chronic conditions and make sure those patients receive appropriate medical care. They want to demonstrate that they have the training and skills to do more than just fit people for glasses and contact lenses.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, July 10, 2015 7:57 PM

This article does a great job outlining the growing role that optometrists play in managing chronic complications. This article notes that optometrists are the most visited healthcare practitioner in the U.S  Three white papers published by United Healthcare note that Optometrists were effective in diagnosing patients with diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

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A Parkinson's Breakthrough

A Parkinson's Breakthrough | eyes | Scoop.it
VCU research offers promise in diagnosing the disease before tremors begin.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 23, 2015 6:17 PM

Very interesting new research utilizes an eye scan to help diagnose early signs of Parkinson's disease prior to the start of symptoms such as tremors.

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Dissolving Contact Lenses Could Make Eye Drops Disappear - NPR (blog)

Dissolving Contact Lenses Could Make Eye Drops Disappear - NPR (blog) | eyes | Scoop.it
Eye drops are unpleasant, and they don't do a great job of delivering medication to the eye. A superthin wafer that slowly dispenses medication and then dissolves is a promising replacement.

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Mobile game may have lasting benefit for 'lazy' eye - Reuters

Mobile game may have lasting benefit for 'lazy' eye - Reuters | eyes | Scoop.it
(Reuters Health) – Children who had their “lazy” eye treated with an experimental mobile game continued to benefit for an entire year, according to a new study.“Lazy” eye, known medically as amblyopia,...

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, January 27, 2015 8:14 PM

Very interesting study uses an iPad game to help treat children with amblyopia, or "lazy eye"

UpTempo Group's curator insight, January 27, 2015 8:15 PM

Interesting use of an iPad app to help treat amblyopia, or "lazy eye" in children

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Sight for sore eyes: 'Maverick' doctor who restored the vision of 100000 people - CNN

Sight for sore eyes: 'Maverick' doctor who restored the vision of 100000 people - CNN | eyes | Scoop.it
In the past 30 years, Nepalese doctor Sanduk Ruit has personally restored the sight of more than 100,000 people across Asia and Africa.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 16, 2014 12:44 PM

This is a very heart warming story during the holidays of a doctor that is focused on delivering sight to the poorest of the poor.

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Dr. Max Gomez: Smartphones, Tablets, And Laptops Could Cause ‘Digital Vision Syndrome’

Dr. Max Gomez: Smartphones, Tablets, And Laptops Could Cause ‘Digital Vision Syndrome’ | eyes | Scoop.it
Did your mom ever tell you not to sit too close to the TV because it would ruin your eyes? Well, today more kids than ever are near-sighted.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, November 25, 2014 4:23 PM

As the holiday season approaches, many children may be excited about their new iphones, XBOX games, or tablet computers.  However, too much screen time may be contributing to possible vision disorders in children. This is known as Digital Vision Syndrome.


According to this article, The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids under age two shouldn’t have any screen time at all, and even older children should limit their screen time to two hours a day. 


Doctors recommend the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes people should look at something at least 20 ft away for at least 20 seconds

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Screen time: How device use affects children’s vision

Screen time: How device use affects children’s vision | eyes | Scoop.it

the AOA survey asked children—and their parents—about the relationship between their screen time and vision.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, October 22, 2014 2:46 PM

The use of technology may have an impact on the vision of our children based on recent survey results from the American Optometric Association 

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See Your Optometrist Once A Year - YouTube

There are a number of reasons why you should see your Optometrist every year. Check out this informative new video from ALLDocs, LensCrafters and CooperVisio...
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Telemedicine detects eye problems, but doctors must prepare for more patients - Reuters

Telemedicine detects eye problems, but doctors must prepare for more patients - Reuters | eyes | Scoop.it

Telemedicine detects eye problems, but doctors must prepare for more patients as screening is identifying many disorders.


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UpTempo Group's curator insight, June 5, 2014 1:09 PM

This is a very interesting study from the VA system whereby the VA Clinic in Atlanta screened people for eye disorders via a telemedicine camera in the clinic.  Diabetes and Glaucoma were two of the top disorders that were possibly identified in this screening.  Nearly 25% of the patients screened were referred to an eye specialist for further follow up.  


This article is a reminder of the importance of annual eye exams for early diagnosis of eye disorders.

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Can UltimEyes iPad app improve your vision?

Can UltimEyes iPad app improve your vision? | eyes | Scoop.it

Can playing a game on your iPad for 30 minutes really help you see better? Studies have shown the UltimEyes app improves even 20/20 vision. We put it to the test.


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François-Xavier Schaeffer's curator insight, May 2, 2014 1:50 PM

Sadly, my vision is not as good as it was... Hopefully this eye workout will boost my vision a little bit. I'm going to give this iPad app a try.

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Column: Aging and eye health — a reason to go green

Column: Aging and eye health — a reason to go green | eyes | Scoop.it
While many folks know a carrot a day can help keep the eye doctor away, few realize that kale is the superior eye-strengthening veggie.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 29, 2014 2:48 PM

Kale is high in lutien, often referred to as the "eye vitamin". Leafy green vegetables like  Kale and Spinach may offer protection against eye disorders such as Age Related Macular Degeneration according to this article.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, December 30, 2014 3:56 PM

As this article states, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale offer the highest amount of lutein per serving, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. Lutien is also known as the "eye vitamin" and may help to prevent diseases such as age-related macular degeneration - the leading cause of vision loss among those 50 and older in the U.S.


The macula is the small spot near the center of the eye which is responsible for sharp, central vision The macula is essential for everyday activities such as driving a car, reading, and recognizing someone's face. A daily intake of Lutien through supplements or green vegetables such as kale and spinach, may help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration.


Some risk factors for age - related macular degeneration include Caucasian race, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.  Smoking increases the risk of age- related macular degeneration by a multiple of 4! Patients with AMD often first notice their problems with the disease when their reading rate decreases significantly.


If you are over 50, please schedule an eye care appointment with Dr. Blair and discuss the benefits of good nutrition for your overall wellness and vision care.


 

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THE 5 RULES OF FRAME STYLING

THE 5 RULES OF FRAME STYLING | eyes | Scoop.it
YOUR OPTICIANS CAN “WOW” YOUR PATIENTS WITH THIS CUSTOMIZED SELECTION PROCESS
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Video of baby wearing glasses for first time goes viral

Video of baby wearing glasses for first time goes viral | eyes | Scoop.it
A Cincinnati woman’s video of her baby daughter trying on glasses for the first time has gone viral.

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Good job ! Optometrist, doing wonders.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, July 16, 2015 6:41 PM

Wonderful video that demonstrates the gift of sight. 

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Which Values Are Ethical Values? | Ethics | eSkills

Which Values Are Ethical Values? | Ethics | eSkills | eyes | Scoop.it

By Linda Fisher Thornton

My Applied Ethics students asked a great question that I want to answer in today's post: "Which Values Are Ethical Values?

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics




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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 23, 2015 8:03 PM

By Linda Fisher Thornton

My Applied Ethics students asked a great question that I want to answer in today's post: "Which Values Are Ethical Values?


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics



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6 Unexpected Ways to Protect Your Eyes -

6 Unexpected Ways to Protect Your Eyes - | eyes | Scoop.it
We’re all familiar with these common-sense health teachings: Exercise and diet to lose weight. Wear sunscreen to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Stop smoking

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 28, 2015 8:48 AM

Very good tips for protecting your eyes!

UpTempo Group's curator insight, April 28, 2015 8:50 AM

These are very good tips for taking care of your eyes!  Don't forget #6, Schedule an annual eye exam!

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Jetlag can be cured with a flash of LIGHT, scientists claim

Jetlag can be cured with a flash of LIGHT, scientists claim | eyes | Scoop.it
Shining bright lights into the eyes can make cells in the brain's body clock fire up, tricking the mind into thinking it is time to be awake, scientists from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, U.S. found.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, February 4, 2015 7:32 PM

Interesting new science uses flickering lights to reset the body's clock and possibly cure jet lag and seasonal affective disorder.

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Interesting new science uses flickering lights to help adjust the body's clock and address jet lag and seasonal affective disorder

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How This Young Girl Was Saved From Blindness - ABC News

How This Young Girl Was Saved From Blindness - ABC News | eyes | Scoop.it
Although often thought of as a disease of aging, glaucoma can strike in very young children.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, January 23, 2015 8:21 PM

Very good article with about a young girl that was diagnosed with Glaucoma as a small child and received the appropriate treatment.  Her disease is now in remission and she is seeing well.  The eye specialist in this article recommends annual eye exams for all children over the age of two.  Glaucoma is a hereditary condition and can be treated if diagnosed early. 

UpTempo Group's curator insight, January 23, 2015 8:23 PM

This article serves as an important reminder of an annual eye exam for children.  Glaucoma is a disease that may even strike young children and it is a hereditary condition.  If you have a family history of glaucoma, please be sure to schedule an annual eye exam for you and your family. 

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Dr. Max Gomez: Smartphones, Tablets, And Laptops Could Cause ‘Digital Vision Syndrome’

Dr. Max Gomez: Smartphones, Tablets, And Laptops Could Cause ‘Digital Vision Syndrome’ | eyes | Scoop.it
Did your mom ever tell you not to sit too close to the TV because it would ruin your eyes? Well, today more kids than ever are near-sighted.

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, November 25, 2014 4:23 PM

As the holiday season approaches, many children may be excited about their new iphones, XBOX games, or tablet computers.  However, too much screen time may be contributing to possible vision disorders in children. This is known as Digital Vision Syndrome.


According to this article, The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids under age two shouldn’t have any screen time at all, and even older children should limit their screen time to two hours a day. 


Doctors recommend the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes people should look at something at least 20 ft away for at least 20 seconds

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How "blue light" affects children's eye health

How does all that screen time affect children's eyes? Dr. Dave Lee from the Children's Eye Center explains what "blue light" is, and how it can affect eye he...

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UpTempo Group's curator insight, November 13, 2014 3:44 PM

This is an interesting video regarding blue light and the effect on a children and their vision.  Blue light is emitted by most LED devices and televisions. If you have any questions about blue light and protective options for children, please set up an appointment with one of our optometrists.

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Need increases to educate patients, offer protection against blue light

Need increases to educate patients, offer protection against blue light | eyes | Scoop.it

"Eye care providers have been helping patients protect their eyes from ultraviolet light for decades."


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UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 25, 2014 6:18 PM

In January 2014, the Vision Council released a report that focused on the effects of digital media on the eye health of Americans. It found that “63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy visible or blue light,” highlighting a need for education that optometry could fulfill.

UpTempo Group's curator insight, September 25, 2014 6:18 PM

In January 2014, the Vision Council released a report that focused on the effects of digital media on the eye health of Americans. It found that “63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy visible or blue light,” highlighting a need for education that optometry could fulfill.

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Could your morning coffee be good for your eyes?

Could your morning coffee be good for your eyes? | eyes | Scoop.it
Researchers find that an ingredient in raw coffee could protect against retinal degeneration. (Could your morning coffee be good for you?
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Surgically implanted telescope restores vision for California man

Surgically implanted telescope restores vision for California man | eyes | Scoop.it

what's inside Dunbar isn't theoretical 1970s NASA gadgetry, but 21st-century practical technology: a tiny telescope, with a lens that's 3.2 millimeters in diameter, surgically implanted into his eyeball. He had the procedure done in 2011 to improve his vision, which had been failing for years because of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, a condition characterized by a blurry gray or dark spot in the central vision.


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UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 28, 2014 5:36 PM

This is a very interesting article about an 82 year old man from California suffering from AMD,or age-related macular degeneration, in his left eye.  This man received a surgically implanted telescope which allowed him the ability to not only see better but also to start skiing again.  The article calls this the modern day "Bionic Eye"

UpTempo Group's curator insight, May 28, 2014 6:10 PM

Very good story about the use of new technology to significantly improve a man's vision from the effects of age-related macular degeneration.  This is a disease that most often occurs in those over 60 and with a doubling of risk in smokers.  An annual exam is an important step forward to support early detection of this blinding disease.