Thanks for joining us in Boston for ASRS 2017! We always love visiting with practices we know and introducing ourselves to new doctors. You can learn more about the American Society of Retina Specialists by visiting their website at https://www.asrs.org/.
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Focus Vision Supplements! Did you know that green vegetables are good for your eye health? In many cases, the darker the green, the richer the nutrients. If you'd like to learn more about which green vegetables are best for your eye health, check out our blog post from September: Best Vegetables for Your Eye Health
February is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a chronic and progressive eye disease that affects the macula. The macula is where your vision is sharpest. AMD is a leading cause of blindness in adults and primarily affects older individuals. There are a number of symptoms characteristic of AMD, including: · A blurred/blind spot in the center of your vision · Requiring more light for reading · Difficulty seeing in low light · Colors not seeming as bright · Overall vision is hazy Contributing factors to AMD: · Family history of macular degeneration · Smoking · High Cholesterol · Sun exposure AMD is not preventable. However, there are things you can do to help lessen its impact on your ocular health. Your macula contains an important protective substance known as macula pigment (MP). Your MP is composed of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Meso-Zeaxanthin. The first two are obtained from diet and found in corn, squash, broccoli, and leafy green veggies like spinach and kale. These nutrients can also be consumed in an ocular supplement, like Focus Select.
Andrea reached out to us to share her story. She has four granddaughters and stays as active as she can. When her eyes began to give her trouble, she went to her Optometrist and Rhuematologist for help. Hello Focus Vitamins, I wanted to let you know that I love your Focus Dry Eye Relief supplements! I began to have irritation last Summer in one of my eyes. After seeing my Optometrist, I found out that I have occasional dry eye. I was treated with prescription eye drops but quickly learned I was allergic to that type. The doctor then prescribed Lacrisert, but they irritated my eyes and were difficult to insert. I still had dry eyes and couldn't focus on words to be able to read or be outside without wearing two pairs of sunglasses. My eyes were very dry, felt gritty and the other over the counter (OTC) drops just weren't helping much. I decided to try your Focus Relief Plus supplements and I am very glad I did! After taking them for a few weeks, I started to notice a distinct difference. My eyes felt less dry and gritty. Before long, I was able to stop using my OTC eye drops. I am finally able to read books without a lot of eye strain. The best part is that I can read to my granddaughters again! Thank you so much for this product, -Andrea in Virginia Andrea was given a free bottle of Focus Relief Plus for sharing her story on our blog.
This blog post features a story from NPR Morning Edition's Susan Stamberg. Every few weeks, the Smithsonian's American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. helps blind and low-vision visitors experience art with multiple senses. Participants on the tour include a range of limited vision abilities, from those born partially or totally blind to those that experienced their vision loss later in life. The specially trained docents use carefully crafted language and sensory memories to engage the multiple senses of the visually impaired visitors. Some works of art are able to be touched by the visitors when using special gloves. "The visitors move slowly through the museum, some "seeing" in their imaginations, others, with low vision, getting really close to the artwork to see it better with magnifying devices. The docents take questions about the art and the artists. Visitor Kilof Legge listens intently. He's taken lots of these tours. He has had macular degeneration since childhood and has deeply missed art. "For the longest time I really felt angry when I came into a museum," he says. "And hurt and insulted, almost. Because these are public places and I felt I was denied access." He says he is "grateful and excited" to have the art world opened back up to him through tours like these." The blog Eye Level gives a deeper look into these specialized tours. You can learn more about the perspective of the docents as well as the visually impaired visitors here: Art Museum Tours For Visitors Who Are Blind.
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.