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Systemic health

  • Pregnancy and Vision

    I’m going to be a grandpa!  Wow, how did that happen? Weren’t my kids just in school? Yes, it happens that fast. Virtually in the blink of an eye.  Anyway, a new era is about to begin and it got me to thinking about pregnancy and vision. I see many young mothers to be and […]

    Continue Reading March 3, 2014

  • Are School Vision Screenings Good Enough?

    I often get asked by parents of children I am prescribing glasses for, “How come they passed the vision screening at school but still need glasses?” While school nurses provide a valuable service that sometimes detect serious problems with children’s vision, school vision screenings are an incomplete check of a child’s visual status. For one, […]

    Continue Reading December 30, 2013

  • Attention shoppers! Beware the Blue Light Special!

    Who all remembers the Kmart commercials with the blue light bulb cartoon character advertising their “Blue Light Specials?”  For those not in the know, Kmart shoppers sometimes were able to buy certain items at a special price when the blue police light suddenly came on.  A voice would come over the P.A. system, “Attention Kmart […]

    Continue Reading November 21, 2013

  • For Your Eyes Only

    Ever seen the spy type movies where the government agent puts his eye up against a camera and a laser seems to scan across his eye like a grocery store bar code scanner?  It is for real.  They scan the retina to identify people since the retina in everyone’s eyes is unique, like a fingerprint. […]

    Continue Reading November 8, 2013

  • Red eye my eye

    Okay, I’m going to say it ONE MORE TIME.   Please do not use “red eye” reliever drops.  You know the ones, they often go by the trade names of Visine, Murine, Cleareyes, etc…   Here’s why: Red eye reliever drops work by shrinking or constricting blood vessels.  The smaller the blood vessels are,  the […]

    Continue Reading September 26, 2013

  • Eye Myth Busters – #1- Eating Carrots Makes Your Eyes Better

    You may have been told or heard that “carrots are good for your eyes” but not for the reasons that most people think.  Most people when they hear that statement assume it means you won’t need glasses or it reduces the need for them.  The need for glasses is determined by the optics of the […]

    Continue Reading September 13, 2013

  • Cotton mouth anyone?

    Sometimes we get thirsty from time to time, especially in the dry Texas Panhandle.  But do you always have a mouth so dry you need to keep a mint or gum in your mouth?  People sometimes call a mouth so dry like that “Cotton mouth.”  We probably all have been that thirsty from time to […]

    Continue Reading April 21, 2013

  • Pumpkin pie, good for the eye!

    Feeling a little guilt for all the food on Thanksgiving you ate?  Especially that piece or two of pumpkin pie?  I know my pants are feeling it.  But take heart, at least it’s good for your eyes!  Well, at least the pumpkin part.  Pumpkin is full of carotenoids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  This “superfood” I […]

    Continue Reading November 28, 2011