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Is Marijuana a Miracle Drug For Treating Glaucoma?

Is Marijuana a Miracle Drug For Treating Glaucoma?

When people go to the doctor and request a medical marijuana license (in states where it’s legal), glaucoma is one of the most frequently cited reasons. This disease has even compelled the federal government to grant compassionate marijuana use in the past. The popular Weedmaps service has even written about marijuana and its potential treatment of glaucoma!
But is cannabis truly an effective treatment for glaucoma?

Dr. Mark Roark Answers The Question — Will a Healthy Diet Reduce My Risk of Blindness?

Dr. Mark Roark Answers The Question — Will a Healthy Diet Reduce My Risk of Blindness?

In previous blogs about diet and eye health, we discussed the important connection between nutrition and vision. In industrialized countries, deficient intake of fruits and vegetables that supply the macular carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin leads to light sensitivity, glare, and suboptimal vision. In this article, we will explore another vital role played by this unique trio of nutrients in reducing the risk of irreversible, central blindness from an eye disease known as Macular Degeneration.

Dr. Monica Ertel Answers The Question: Is Exercise Good For Your Eye Health?

Dr. Monica Ertel Answers The Question: Is Exercise Good For Your Eye Health?

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. Health experts often tout the positive effects of exercise: reduced blood pressure, reduced cardiovascular risk, improved metabolism and insulin resistance, strengthened muscles and bones, to name a few. But did you know that the benefits of exercise extend to the eyes? Here we’ll discuss just how exercise exerts its beneficial effects on the eyes, and review the literature on those benefits in the most common eye diseases.

Diabetic Eye Disease 101: The Science of Blood Sugar and Vision

Diabetic Eye Disease 101: The Science of Blood Sugar and Vision

A person with diabetes will experience high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). The glucose from the food we eat needs to be transferred from the bloodstream into the cells to provide energy. A hormone called insulin usually assists this transfer. A diabetic person either produces none or not enough of this crucial hormone — and hyperglycemia can occur.

There are complications to having high blood sugar levels, and it can affect many body functions. One function that can be particularly affected is your vision. This blog will go over some of the eye diseases associated with diabetes — the causes, symptoms, and some common treatments.

Female DOs Aren’t What You Saw in That FIGS Ad — Just Ask Dr. Allison Jarstad, DO Ophthalmologist

Female DOs Aren’t What You Saw in That FIGS Ad — Just Ask Dr. Allison Jarstad, DO Ophthalmologist

When Allison Jarstad, DO ophthalmologist, saw the recent ad by scrubs company FIGS essentially disparage female DOs as less-than their MD counterparts, she was disappointed.

“It’s unbelievable that the ad even made it to publication,” Dr. Jarstad said. “I just don’t see how that concept and idea made it to production without anyone ever raising their hand and questioning, ‘maybe this isn’t a good idea?’”

Eyesight Getting Worse? Why This Isn’t a Normal Part of Aging

Eyesight Getting Worse? Why This Isn’t a Normal Part of Aging

Resources: Low-Vision Rehabilitation

Did you know eye diseases often have no early symptoms, but can be detected through proper testing? Though vision loss isn’t a normal part of aging, as you get older, you are at higher risk of developing issues. This can include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye, and other diseases.

Here are a few age-related eye issues that the National Eye Institute says may crop up for older patients, and some warning signs.

What’s The Difference Between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacologist? How Do They Help With Eyecare?

What’s The Difference Between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacologist? How Do They Help With Eyecare?

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The terms may not seem very different — pharmacist and pharmacologist — but there are a number of key differentiators between the two professions. Understanding these differences may help you achieve your eyecare goals, by knowing who to go to for your eyedrops, and who to ask about the science behind those eyedrops.





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