The Incomparable Value of Objective Functional Testing in Patients with Diabetes

Contributions by: Francis Bynum, OD; Nathan Lighthizer, OD, FAAO; Julie Rodman, OD, MSc, FAAO As the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, diabetic retinopathy is typically asymptomatic until patients experience significant structural damage, long after the disease initially develops. For this reason, an objective test that provides optometrists with clear...

How ERG Supports the OWNS Mission

By Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD I recognized early on that having electroretinography (ERG) in my practice would help me embody the OWNS mission to “bring worldwide evidence-based nutrition and wellness strategies to healthcare providers, scientists, and the public to help change the course of vision loss and poor health.” ERG has long...

A Warrior for Wellness

Stuart Richer taught us to anticipate and avoid, rather than merely react to, diseases. His patients—and profession—are healthier for it. Another month, another loss. In late October, just as this year‘s Academy of Optometry meeting was getting into full swing, news broke that Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, had passed away....

The New Age of –omics in Research

As various research studies are released, we need to start familiarizing ourselves with the fields of "-omics," including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, phenomics, and transcriptomics among others. The suffix "-ome" addresses the objects of study of these fields, such as the genome, proteome, or metabolome, and refers to the totality...

Acupuncture and the Eye

Acupuncture, is the most well-known traditional Chinese medical procedure, it is the practice of inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to relieve pain or treat a disease. Acupuncture triggers spontaneous healing reactions in the body, and scientific studies have proven its efficacy for treating inflammation, pain, depression,...

The Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS) Welcomes New Board and Advisory Appointments to Its Organization

For immediate release New York, NY, October 12, 2023— The Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS), a leading organization dedicated to advancing ocular health through nutrition and wellness, is thrilled to announce a significant expansion of its leadership team with the addition of accomplished board members and the establishment of...

Vitamin C and Cataract

Vitamin C has been referred to as a physiological “sunscreen” in humans due to its high concentration in the aqueous humor and its capacity to UV light absorption, which prevents UV light penetration and photo-induced oxidative damage to tissues [1]. The compound superoxide radical anion and other compounds such as...

Ocular Nutrition

There's no question that the most famous trios in literature, film, and culture have all been hugely impactful: The Three Musketeers, The Three Kings, The Three Tenors, and of course, The 3 Stooges. But there are lesser-known trios that are arguably more impactful—and for Eye Health, that's important. Of course,...

Mediterranean Diet

February is AMD and low vision awareness month. A Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of macular degeneration. Interest in the Mediterranean diet began in the 1960’s with the observation that coronary heart disease caused fewer deaths in Mediterranean countries, such as Greece and Italy, than in the...

That Which Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

In 1888, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche first stated, “Out of life’s school of war, what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.” This sentence has become an overused and often parodied aphorism that nevertheless accurately portrays the picture of resilience and affirmation for overcoming adversity. Indeed, 2020 has been a year...

Alzheimer’s Disease

According to current statistics, 1 in every 10 of us reading this article will have Alzheimer’s dementia by the time we are 65 years old. That risk will double every 5 years of our lives. Other sobering statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association reveal that 1 in 3 seniors die with...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that functions as a pro-hormone. Vitamin D’s effects on immune function have been the topic of much recent research in COVID. “It has been proposed that the activation of the Vitamin D receptor (VDR) signaling pathway may generate beneficial effects in Acute Respiratory Distress...

Precision Nutrition

We begin this week’s wellness spotlight with an excerpt from a book by the director of the NIH Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD. The Human Genome Project, which Dr. Collins headed up, is considered to be biology’s equivalent to the Apollo moon landing or splitting the atom. The project took...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

In this week’s wellness spotlight, Dr. Dorothy Hitchmoth shares her knowledge and wisdom in a recently published article in Medium. This impressive piece traces her journey to wellness and she shares with the reader pearls of wisdom that will leave you feeling grateful to be her colleague in arms in...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Our weekly wellness spotlight is an article by medical journalist Bill Sardi on lead toxicity. Before reading the article below, a case of lead toxicity is also referenced below. https://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/article/wills-eye-resident-case-series-24966 57 year old with toxic optic neuropathy..... “Toxic optic neuropathies typically present with a gradually progressive, bilaterally symmetric, painless vision...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

In this week’s wellness spotlight, we highlight a study published in the journal Nutrients in June 2019. In this study, lifestyle interventions of diet and exercise regimens were shown to decrease the occurrence of retinal microaneurysms in overweight and obese individuals with impaired glucose tolerance. Lifestyle Intervention Improves Retinopathy Status—The...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Dr. Susan Summerton does an excellent job in keeping our members up to date with current research with the articles she posts on our OWNS facebook page. Below is an article Dr. Summerton recently shared. Dietary Habits, Fatty Acids and Carotenoid Levels Are Associated with Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration in...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

In this week’s wellness spotlight, we would like to continue with the topic of intermittent fasting by highlighting one of our members who is a giant among us in nutritional medicine. Dr. Paul Chous has an Optometry practice in Tacoma, WA specializing in diabetes eye care and education. He is adjunct faculty at Western University of Health Sciences, past Vice President of OWNS, and...

Wellness Spotlight

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States. It is a largely preventable disease, and lifestyle modifications are paramount in preventing it. In last week’s wellness spotlight, the caliber of retinal vasculature was highlighted as a predictor of cardiovascular disease. In this week’s spotlight, we...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

As eye doctors, we spend our time evaluating retinal vasculature on every patient we see. We are fully aware that abnormalities in retinal vasculature can alert us to cardiovascular risk. The article below was published recently in the online journal Medical News Today. It highlights a recent study published in...

Fall, Food, and Football!

The season of fall is upon us. Pumpkins for Halloween carvings and pumpkin pies line up in rows in grocery stores. The trees decorate themselves in crimson and gold. We scurry out in the mornings to get to work and find ourselves quickly turning around and running back inside to...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

For this week’s wellness spotlight, we highlight another great article Dr. Susan Summerton posted to our OWNS facebook site. Behaviour change, weight loss and remission of Type 2 diabetes: a community-based prospective cohort study H. Dambha-Miller A. J. Day J. Strelitz G. Irving S. J. Griffin First published: 03 September...

Not getting enough vitamin D could TRIPLE your risk of an early death as scientists fear diabetics are especially vulnerable to a deficiency

Researchers analyzed hospital records of nearly 80,000 diabetics in Austria Those deficient in vitamin D more likely to die early from diabetes-related illness Risk of death from infectious diseases also doubled in vitamin D deficient group By CONNOR BOYD HEALTH REPORTER FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 18:00 EDT, 19 September 2019 |...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

TAURINE Taurine is synthesized by humans from cysteine in a process that requires vitamin B6. It exists in the body as a free amino acid, and it is not used for protein synthesis. Taurine stabilizes cell membranes, functions as a neurotransmitter and osmoregulator, is involved in conjugation of bile acids,...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

"The bounty of the earth produces an exquisite design of vital nutrients found in the molecular structure of carotenoids. These vibrant red, yellow, and orange components are the inspiration for the research described in this special issue. As these nutrients are harvested and ingested, they spark a regeneration of our vision...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Another article highlighting the importance of nutrition was recently published.  We wanted to share it with you. Teens, fast food and depression:  A new study says there's a connection   Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham were behind the report. They analyzed 84 middle school kids from low-income communities in...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Most of us have seen the news headline that has been flooding the internet and news briefings in ocular and medical journals and websites: “BLINDNESS CAUSED BY A JUNK FOOD DIET" “A British teenager has permanent vision loss, hearing loss, and weak bones after years of eating only select types...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Lifestyle medicine is making news in the financial industry, as the yearly dementia-attributable societal cost per person is high. Ways to prevent dementia are on the radar of not only those in the health industry but now also in financial sectors. Please see the article below published in MarketWatch on...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Summer is a time of warm weather, outdoor activites, and backyard BBQ's!  It's a great time to be reminded of the importance of how lutein benefits your eye health and how to incorporate more into your diet.  OWNS member Dr. Sandra Young, author of Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Of all the parts of the microbiome from the ocular microbiome to the oral microbiome, the gut microbiome is by far the most well researched, and we now know that everything our gut microbiome does has an impact on our health. The vitamins they manufacture, the role they play in...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

It seems like you cannot open a magazine these days, whether it be a scientific journal or Newsweek, without seeing something on the microbiome or probiotics. Companies are profiting heavily from the sale of supplements and foods containing “good belly bugs shown to improve our health”. The hype that surrounds the...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

In last week’s wellness spotlight, a lecture from the 2019 Congress of Clinical Rheumatology was highlighted. James T. Rosenbaum, MD, Chief of Ophthalmology at the Legacy Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon and also Chief of Arthritis and Rheumatic diseases at the Oregon Health and Science University spoke on the...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

May 2019....More than 620 registered attendees from 45 states and 11 countries traveled to Destin, Florida for the 2019 Congress of Clinical Rheumatology. One of the highlights was a lecture presented by James T. Rosenbaum, MD on the intestinal microbiome in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Rosenbaum is Chief of Ophthalmology at...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

Dear Kari, Our weekly wellness spotlight is an article by medical journalist Bill Sardi on lead toxicity. Before reading the article below, a case of lead toxicity is also referenced below. https://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/article/wills-eye-resident-case-series-24966 57 year old with toxic optic neuropathy..... “Toxic optic neuropathies typically present with a gradually progressive, bilaterally symmetric,...

How to Play the Game of Life and Go Into Extra Innings

Sweat, Fast, Donate Blood, Limit Red Meat, Supplement with Iron/Copper Chelators (Fisetin, Quercetin, Resveratrol, IP6 Rice Bran, Nucleotides) To Reduce the Population of Senescent Cells in Your Body & Live Longer & Healthier Than You Ever Imagined By Bill Sardi To Stay Young… Kill “Zombie” Cells --- Scientific American Now you...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

In this week’s wellness spotlight, Dr. Stuart Richer shares an article written by Scott Nygren for the Pain Management Newsletter of The Captain James Lovell Federal Health Care Center in Chicago. This is an excellent example of nutritional awareness becoming more mainstream in healthcare.  What Does Nutrition Have to do with...

The Incredible, Edible Egg

It’s that time of year again....images of eggs are everywhere. Brightly colored plastic eggs stuffed with prizes for egg hunts, small chocolate eggs with creamy centers in shiny tinfoil on display in the grocery stores, large eggs made entirely of solid chocolate displayed by life-sized chocolate bunnies.... In this week’s...

Cherry Picking and Data Evaluation

Cherry picking is a term based on the perceived process of harvesting fruit, such as cherries. The picker would be expected to only select the ripest and healthiest fruits. An observer who only sees the selected fruit may thus wrongly conclude that most, or even all, of the tree's fruit...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

In last week’s wellness spotlight, we highlighted the mineral magnesium. In this week’s spotlight, we will highlight calcium and a new study published March 21, 2019 in JAMA that looked at the association of dietary and supplementary calcium intake with age-related macular degeneration. Calcium plays a key role in imparting strength to...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

In this week’s wellness spotlight, a very important new meta-analysis on the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation for the treatment of dry eye disease will be highlighted. This meta-analysis was published in the journal Cornea in 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30702470 The authors looked at 17 randomized clinical trials involving 3,363 patients. Compared with...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

February is the month we honor the meaningful relationships in our lives. We buy flowers and chocolates and search “google” for that perfect restaurant to enjoy the pleasures of an amazing meal while staring into the eyes of the person we love. We realize that not only is the taste...

January is National Glaucoma Awareness month

In The News: A Recent Study Suggests Glaucoma May Be an Autoimmune Disorder A new study from MIT and Massachusetts Eye and Ear has found that glaucoma may in fact be an autoimmune disorder. In a study of mice, the researchers showed that the body's own T cells are responsible...

Gratitude

Dear Kari, As we are saying goodbye to 2018 and welcoming in 2019, as a society and as human beings, we have a lot to be grateful for. In 2018, OWNS published its first annual wellness supplement in the fall issue of Review of Optometry. This supplement reached more than 40,000 clinicians...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

OWNS member Dr. Sandra Young has combined her love of cooking and her interest in wellness and nutrition for the benefit of a larger audience.  She has authored two cookbooks that specifically use ingredients that are eye healthy.  To learn more you can go to www.visionarykitchen.com. We asked Dr. Young...

Weekly Wellness Spotlight

As we say goodbye to January, National Glaucoma Awareness Month, let’s take a look at a study involving Omega 3’s and IOP: https://tvst.arvojournals.org/Article.aspx?articleid=2680625 In this study, 105 individuals 18 years of age and older were randomized to take one of the following: a krill oil supplement containing 945 mg/d of...