Not all vitamins are created equal. Many people don’t realize how loosely controlled the vitamin industry is. The quality of ingredients in different supplements varies wildly. Although many supplements are “true to their label”, many do not contain the ingredients or amounts that are listed on the label. Further, there are different forms of many of the individual ingredients, some of which are not nearly as good or are not nearly as well absorbed by the body as others.
It is also important to know that more of a certain ingredient is not always better. Some vitamin formulations can actually be dangerous if not taken appropriately. Others may not be dangerous, but may be ineffective at higher dosages and just be of more expense.
If you are going to take a nutritional supplement, whether it be a multivitamin, an eye specific vitamin, or a macular degeneration specific formula, it is important to be sure that you are consuming what you think you are taking. Some companies subject their products to independent laboratory testing to confirm label accuracy. Some go so far as to join trade specific groups such as “Council for Responsible Nutrition” or others.
We are confident in the supplements that we recommend to our patients, and confident in their label accuracy.
February is national “macular degeneration awareness” month. Many of us have heard of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) due to a friend or family member with the disease.
Below are some facts pertaining to AMD:
AMD is the leading cause of blindness in older adults in the United States. Over 70% of AMD is determined by genetics. A large part of risk reduction involves changes in lifestyle habits: healthy diet and staying fit. Smoking is the most important controllable risk factor in AMD.
A diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin can help prevent AMD, and actually improve visual function. Although it takes at least 6mg of lutein/zeaxanthin to be protective, the average American consumes less than 2mg per day. There are treatments for the “wet” form of AMD.
Patients with AMD often require their eyes to be checked more frequently than those with “healthy” eyes. There are supplements made specifically to try to prevent AMD or prevent it from getting worse. The list of similar facts is long, but ultimately awareness and prevention are key. Routine eye exams, even when vision is good, are crucial for early detection of AMD or any other eye diseases.
Westglen Eyecare is an official sponsor of the 360 Racing bike team. 360 Racing is comprised mostly of people affiliated with 360 architecture, the group that designed our building.
You will see that many of the 360 team racers wear the same Oakley sunglasses. These were special ordered at WestGlen Eyecare, and we can get these or an other Oakley sunglasses. You will see that many professional bike-riders and other athletes world-wide are wearing Oakleys, as they are both a great choice for fashion and protection from the sun.
Summer is here, and so are long days of sunshine. Whether you are at the pool, playing at a park or exercising outside, you are being exposed to potentially harmful UV rays from the sun. We usually do a good job of thinking about protecting our skin with sunscreen, but many people forget their eyes.
It is important to have a good, quality pair of sunglasses. The most important thing in regards to protecting from UV is a good pair of lenses. It is interesting to know that darker is not always better. The best way to cut down on glare for sunlight is by wearing polarized sunglasses. These are especially fantastic when you are around water and want to cut down the glare from reflections from the water.
You should also know that sunglasses are not limited to any particular frames. Polarized lenses can be put into any frame that any other lenses can be put into. We can also get customized polarized magnetic clip-ons for any new pair of glasses.
If you mention this posting during the month of June, then you can receive 10% off a pair of Oakley, Maui Jim, Rayban, Vera Bradley or Michael Kors sunglasses.
We hope you had a great holiday season, and are enjoying the great weather. We are excited to share that we had a very successful food-drive over a 2 week period in December. With the help of our great patients, we were able to donate over 700 pounds of food to Harvester’s! See our photo gallery with some of our staff along with about ½ of the food that was donated. Due to the great success, we plan on doing this again in the future! THANK YOU!
With October brings Halloween. For many kids, this is the highlight of the month, if not the year. Who would think that Halloween could have anything to do with eyes.
Well, the main theme of Halloween seems to be candy, candy, and more candy. With candy comes the potential for weight gain and obesity. How does this affect the eyes?
Studies have shown that obesity contributes to diabetes, cataracts earlier, macular degeneration and many other eye problems. So, like many other things, moderation is the key! When you stop by our office around Halloween, we usually have candy to pass out, and make sure that we have sugar-free candy for anybody with diabetes or anybody else that wants it.
You can find directions to our new off here: Shawnee Optometrists
In September of 1888, George Eastman got his patent for the roll-film camera. This is pertinent because we used to take pictures of the retina, the back of the eye with cameras using film. Just as you probably don’t use film in your cameras any more, we don’t in ours either! We have digital imaging for the inside of eyes and the outside/front of eyes.
Digital imaging of the retina can help us to determine retinal health along with some systemic conditions. We use the P200c by Optos. This is an upgrade from the camera we used to have, and an upgrade from what most other optometrists have. Often times, we are able to image enough of the retina to negate the need for dilation.
Our anterior segment camera, or camera for the front of the eye, can help to follow changes in things like dry eye, pink-eye, cataracts and other conditions. Not only can we take a still photo, we can make a “video” of your eye and show it to you! You can even get a copy to show to your friends….if they are into that kind of thing.
For more information on technology and eyecare, visit WestGlen Eyecare’s Optometry section here: Shawnee Eye Doctors
Welcome to our new website. We hope you have had a chance to come and see our new building. If you have not, please feel free to stop by any time: even if it is just to come in and say hello to staff, have your glasses straightened or see the new place, we welcome you. Of course, we still provide the same great care with the same caring attitude and attention to details that WestGlen Eyecare always has!
We have been in the new office since last Labor day weekend. When you are here, you will see the difference that a few blocks down the street will make! We have the same great technology, but a few more exam rooms to make it easier to take care of people when they want to be taken care of. We have added more times for appointments, in order to prevent the need for a long wait until your appointment.
Of course, we welcome any comments, and especially any ideas on how we can continue to improve and exceed your expectations!