The following post comes from our Account Manager, Laura Mills. Every member of my family has terrible vision. My brothers and I each received our first pair of glasses in the 3rd grade. I soon transitioned to contact lenses when I reached the 6th grade and I wore them every day for the next 10 years. After giving birth to my first daughter, I resorted to wearing my glasses because it was easier to manage. It wasn't until a friend of mine spoke about her LASIK experience that I began to consider it for myself. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and is a procedure performed by an ophthalmologist to reshape a cornea in order to improve visual acuity. My contact prescription was -5.75 in both eyes. Without corrective lenses I could not see any defined shapes more than a few inches from my face. I met with my ophthalmologist and I was approved for an iLasik procedure, which is performed by lasers rather than by blade. On September 11, 2012, I had iLasik corrective surgery and it was the best investment I've ever made! One of the side effects of LASIK is the likelihood of dry eyes. I was given prescription drops immediately after surgery and purchased over the counter drops to use in the months following. In my personal experience, it seemed like my eyes were becoming reliant on the drops rather than producing their own tears. I wanted to eventually stop using drops and not be dependent on them for the rest of my life. Less than 6 months after my surgery, I became pregnant with my second daughter. The hormones of my pregnancy impacted my eyes in two unexpected ways: my vision worsened but my dry eye improved! According to my doctors, pregnancy hormones are unpredictable and usually return to normal after giving birth. They were right: my vision returned to my new post-operative normal and my dry eye returned, but on a smaller scale. 3 years later, my second daughter is officially a three-nager and I take Focus Relief Plus for my dry eye. I no longer need drops! LASIK remains the best decision I've made for my eye health. It's amazing to be able to see my growing children right before my eyes!
We are thrilled to announce that Focus Relief Plus is here! To celebrate the release of Focus Relief Plus, we want to give you 10% off of your first order! A 30-day supply can be auto-shipped for free to your home when you sign up for a subscription. You can combine the 10% discount on your first order and get free shipping by visiting our product website here: Focus Relief Plus Subscription. We've taken our formula for dry eye and added an additional 1,000mg of omega-3's (EPA and DHA) as well as other key ingredients that benefit your eye health. Our fish oils are sustainably sourced from the first fish oil supplier to be MSC certified. We are also an NSF certified and cGMP compliant manufacturer.
We are thankful for you. Our team at Focus Vision Supplements hopes you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
According to the National Eye Institute, nearly five million Americans aged 50 years and older are estimated to have a condition known as dry eye. During the cold winter months, the condition can become even more aggravated. In addition to taking a dry eye supplement, there are other ways to provide comfort this season. Use a humidifier - While your house is nice and toasty, the increased heat will make the air dryer. Using a humidifier will help add moisture to the air and provide some relief to your dry eyes and skin. Get Enough Sleep - Your body uses sleep to recharge, especially your eyes. Getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night allows your eyes to rest and naturally hydrate using your body's own tears.Stay Hydrated - Drinking enough water helps your body function as it was meant to. Whether it is a hot cup of tea or cold ice water, it is believed by most that your body needs at least eight 8oz glasses every day. This is equivalent to half of a gallon of water. Wear sunglasses - Wearing eye protection is just as important during the Winter as it is during the Summer. If you live in a colder state, proper sunglasses are even more important due to the reflective nature of snow. Your sunglasses will also protect your eyes from winds and other elements while outside. Another excellent way to provide comfort for your dry eyes is to use a supplement with Omega-3's. Focus Vision Supplement's new and improved dry eye formula will be available on December 1. You can pre-order Focus Relief Plus now and save 10% on your first order!
Focus Vision Supplements is excited to announce our new improved formula for dry eye: Focus Relief Plus. We've taken our formula for dry eye and added an additional 1,000mg of omega-3's (EPA and DHA) as well as other key ingredients that benefit your eye health. Our fish oils are sustainably sourced from the first fish oil supplier to be MSC certified. We are also an NSF certified and cGMP compliant manufacturer. To celebrate the release of Focus Relief Plus, we want to give you 10% off of your first order! A 30-day supply can be auto-shipped for free to your home when you sign up for a subscription. You can combine the 10% discount and free shipping by visiting our product website here: Focus Relief Plus Subscription.
Our CEO (Captain (of) Everything Obvious) Clint Worley and our Account Manager Laura Mills (aka Peggy Bundy) want to wish you a Happy Halloween! Focus Vision Supplements hopes you're having a wonderful and safe holiday with your loved ones.
This year's World Series is historic in that the two top teams have a history of being in the bottom. Focus Vision Supplements isn't choosing sides, but our Account Manager Laura Mills is: A lifetime of progress has been made since 1908: we've built the Titanic, women have the right to vote, we've been to the moon, and we've invented sliced bread. And yet, some things haven't changed over the past 100+ years, like Chicago's beloved losers the Cubs (or "da Cubbies" as my family says.) The last time the Cubs won a World Series, the players were wearing leather helmets (if any) because plastic wasn't widely yet used, especially not in sports protection. Many advances have been made in eye health over the past 100+ years as well. A majority of procedures could only take place during daylight hours because of limited visibility with gas lighting. The practice of washing one's hands prior to surgery was slowly gaining traction in Europe but hadn't yet been implemented widely in the United States. And yet one of the first surgical cures for glaucoma took place in 1905 when Dr. Harvey Cushing, MD performed an extirpation of the superior cervical ganglion. His patient reported positive results and it was considered a great success. It's amazing to look back on the advances we've made over 100+ years. And yet, even after all this time, my family will still stand and say, "Lets root root root for the Cubbies, if they don't win it's a shame.." And as an added bonus, here is our Focus Vision Supplements team at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch during AAO Chicago 2016:
Focus Vision Supplements traveled to Chicago for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). This international conference brings together top ophthalmologists and retina specialists to educate and share the latest developments in their fields. We’re pleased to participate in this conference so we can continue working directly with our physicians. The best part of attending this international conference is the ability to give a sneak peek at our brand new dry eye formula: Focus Relief Plus! We distributed over 500 samples to the attendees of AAO. Their feedback and enthusiasm for Focus Relief Plus makes us even more excited for our December 1st launch!
As the air becomes dry and the presence of pumpkin flavored everything draws near, you may find your eyes become more dry or sensitive. Fall brings a change in weather and pollen count, both of which can affect your body's ability to create its own tears. If your dry eyes are a result of seasonal allergies, there are some tips we covered in the Spring that still ring true for the Fall. One of the biggest ways to reduce the impact of seasonal allergies is to try to eliminate or avoid the allergens themselves. An allergist can perform a skin or blood test to identify exactly what it is that you're allergic to. Pollen: When pollen counts are high, try to eliminate the amount of time spent outdoors. If you are outside, trying wearing sunglasses to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes. If you're inside, keep the windows closed and use air conditioning; a window fan will pull the pollen inside.Mold: Falling leaves that sit on the ground for too long can cause mold to grow. Mold can also grow in your home as your HVAC unit tries to find a new equilibrium for the changing weather. The humidity level in your home should be kept around 30 to 50 percent.Dust: Using special allergen-reducing bedding, washing your bedding frequently, and using a damp mop or rag to clean your floors are all ways to limit your exposure to dust mites.Pets: If you own a pet but have allergies to it, consider hardwood or tile floors rather than carpeting to reduce pet dander. Always wash your hands after touching a pet, especially before your hands come into contact with your eyes.If you are doing all of the above and are still experiencing dry or irritated eyes, you should consult with your doctor to see if you may benefit from a dry eye supplement like Focus Relief Plus. Your doctor will help determine what treatment is best for you.
There are many ways to consume the best vitamins and nutrients for your eye health. You can receive these benefits through food, drinks, and vision supplements. This week we're exploring how to drink you way to better eye health! Many of these suggestions are similar to the Best Fruits and Best Vegetables that we explored in weeks past. Some drink suggestions are accompanied by a link from The Daily Meal to a recipe so you can drink your way to better vision! Carrot Beet Apple Juice - http://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/carrot-beet-apple-juice-recipeSpinach Kale Broccoli Smoothie - http://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/spinach-kale-broccoli-juice-recipeBerry Smoothie - http://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/9-drinks-will-improve-your-eye-sight/slide-4Orange JuiceTomato JuiceCoconut WaterAnother great way to consume the recommended vitamins and nutrients for your vision health is to take a daily vision supplement. Focus Select is a supplement that contains the nutrients that are important for your vision health.
Last week, we introduced you to our protein recipes and the best vegetables for your eye health. This week we'll be talking about the best fruits for your eye health. The AREDS 2 study conducted by the National Eye Institute show that increased levels of lutein and zeaxanthin help improve eye health. The study also notes that Vitamins C and E show benefits for your eye health. You can receive these nutrients by eating the following fruits: Blueberries - Lutein and ZeaxanthinGrapes - Lutein and ZeaxanthinKiwi fruits - Lutein and ZeaxanthinRaspberries - Lutein and ZeaxanthinOlives - Vitamin EAvocados - Vitamin ECitrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, etc) - Vitamin CFor more fruits with high levels of Vitamin C, visit Fruits and Veggies: More Matters. Another great way to get all of these important nutrients as well as zinc, and copper is to take a vision supplement. Focus Select is a supplement that contains the nutrients that are important for your vision health.
According to the National Eye Institute, eating a diet containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can help improve your eye health. Here on the Focus Vision Supplement blog, we have delicious recipes that are tailored for your eye health needs. This week we're featuring our favorite recipes that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. We hope you love these as much as we do! Healthy Vision Recipe: Seared Tuna w/Orange, Avocado & Cilantro Salsa Healthy Vision Recipe: Smoked Salmon Pizza with Dill & Lemon Healthy Vision Recipe: Salmon and Horseradish Marinated Vegetable Summer Roll Healthy Vision Recipe: Grilled Tuna with Pineapple-Orange Salsa
You've likely heard that carrots are a great source of beta carotene, but did you know that there are other eye nutrients that will help improve your vision health? Green vegetables are an excellent source of lutein, zeaxanthin, and Vitamin C to boost your vision health. Darker shades of green, leafy vegetables will typically have more nutrients than lighter shades of green. Vegetables with higher levels of lutein and zeaxanthin include: broccoli brussels sproutscelery collardsgreen beanskale leaf lettucepeasspinachIf it's not easy eating green, there are other vegetables that have high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin as well as Vitamin C: carrotschili pepperscornleekssquashsweet pepperssweet potatoestomatoesyamsAnother great way to get all of these important nutrients as well as Vitamin E, zinc, and copper is to take a vision supplement. Focus Select is a supplement that contains the nutrients that are important for your vision health.
Our newest series "Meet Our Team" has introduced you to our C.O.O. Clint Worley, our Account Manager Laura Mills, and our Finance Manager Susanna Burt. This week we are featuring our Director of Sales, Pete Ervin!
What was your experience with eye health before starting with Focus Vitamins? I was a Territory Manager for Synergetics/Baush + Lomb Retina for the Mid-Atlantic region. Sold instruments, laser probes, lasers and other capital equipment and disposables into the OR. What was your first job? Custom fitted disabled folks (para and quadriplegics/pediatric and adults) for wheelchairs and seating systems. What city/state do you call home? I was born in Washington D.C. but grew up in the Hyattsville/College Park area. For the last 20 years I have lived in Huntingtown and Owings Maryland northern part of Calvert County. Do you prefer your vacation to be at the beach, in the mountains, or in a city? Beach vacation but have enjoyed the mountains a fair amount of time too. What is your favorite quote? “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt What is your ideal Saturday? Mostly spending time with our four kids in the various sports they participate in. Meal times and traveling or visiting friends and or family. What person, alive or deceased, would you most want to have dinner with? Both my deceased parents. In particular my father because he had a unique way of approaching things in life due to his studies and influence studying to be a Catholic Jesuit priest for a year in his early adult life. He would always joke with me and my five other siblings about why he and my mom had 6 kids…cheap child labor to do all the chores around the house and yard. It’s true!! My mom was a saint in raising me and my three brothers and two sisters---she always seemed to put us first when it came to buying clothes or having a little something extra for you when heading out to a party or gathering with friends-lots of patience!!!. They must have done something right because we all still like each other and gather together for several events throughout the year to celebrate various events in life. Lots of great memories. Thanks mom & dad-you were and will always be the best.
Our team at Focus Vision Supplements regularly travels to conferences so we can meet retina specialists, opthalmologists, and optometrists as they learn more about their trade. We recently traveled to San Francisco for the annual conference of ASRS, the American Society of Retina Specialists. We were also able to reconnect with many of our retina specialists that make up Covalent Medical, LLC. In October we'll be headed to Chicago for the annual conference of AAO, the American Academy of Opthalmology. We'll have samples and giveaways available - stop by our booth if you're planning to attend!
Before we learn more about Focus Vision Supplements, let's first get to know Covalent Medical, LLC. Covalent Medical was started by a group of over 400 retina specialists from across the United States. These physicians come from some of the most prestigious retina centers in the country. They are members of the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, and other highly regarded retina specialist organizations. As macular degeneration (AMD) experts, they treat hundreds of thousands of patients annually, have participated in important research studies of new treatments for macular degeneration, and have collectively written many scientific papers on macular degeneration. Covalent Medical was started by these leading physicians to offer a trusted, physician-recommended, high-quality supplement for their patients. Now Focus Vision Supplements and their great products are available to the general public.
Our vision is to define and be recognized as the standard for protecting your precious gift of ocular health. Our mission is to provide quality vision supplement products to our customers and consumers, by utilizing our powerful physician network, our outstanding product value, and our world-class customer service.