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.
Our newest series "Meet Our Team" has introduced you to our C.O.O. Clint Worley and our Account Manager Laura Mills. This week we are featuring our Finance Manager, Susanna Burt!
What was your experience with eye health before starting with Focus Vitamins? My experience with eye health has been primarily personal. I wear glasses for reading and computer usage throughout the day. What was your first job? I come from a family that places a lot of value on hard work. I was always involved with family businesses in some capacity from a young age. My first paid job was planting thousands of palm trees for my father's plant nursery. My first "real" job was as a waitress for Shoney's restaurant. What city/state do you call home? I have been lucky in my life to call some beautiful places home: South Florida, East Tennessee, and now Virginia. I was born and raised in Miami and in the Florida Keys, so I am a sunshine state girl through and through. Do you prefer your vacation to be at the beach, in the mountains, or in a city? Beach, mountains, then the city in that order. What is your favorite quote? "Whatever you are, be a good one." and "Courage is grace under pressure." What is your ideal Saturday? Spending the day with my daughter, then cooking dinner at home and relaxing with a glass of wine. Any time spent with my family leaves me refreshed and recharged. It is how I stay balanced. What person, alive or deceased, would you most want to have dinner with? My mother when she was my age. She has been one of the greatest teachers in my life and I think it would be fascinating to have a conversation with her younger self.
One of the best parts of our job is getting to know our customers and their stories. Now is your chance to get to know us! Last week we met our Chief Operations Officer, Clint Worley. This week we are featuring our newest addition to the team: Laura Mills, our Account Manager.
What was your experience with eye health before starting with Focus Vitamins? I have no previous professional experience in eye health, but I have a great deal of personal experience. My maternal and paternal family lines all have poor vision and eye health issues. We all began wearing corrective lenses at a young age and my grandparents had cataract and other eye issues as they grew older. Knowing I have a strong disposition for eye health issues, I am doing what I can now to preserve and protect my vision as best I can. I underwent Lasik corrective eye surgery when I was 27 years old and it was one of the best investments I have ever made. I am very thankful to be working with Focus Vitamins so I can learn even more about the best nutrition to preserve my vision. What was your first job? When I was 14, my friends and I had early work permits so we could work for a costume store in our area. Our job was to dress up in a ridiculous costume and hold a sign on the side of a major road. We made minimum wage and got to dress up in fun costumes – what more could a teenager ask for? What city/state do you call home? I was born, raised, and still live in Manassas, Virginia. I’m a 4th generation Virginian with strong ties to the Piedmont and Appalachian areas, but my heart will always be in Manassas. A close second would be the great state of Texas where I attended the University of North Texas. Do you prefer your vacation to be at the beach, in the mountains, or in a city? I love traveling to cities. My idea of relaxation is to go to museums, explore historic places, and see live performances. New York City is my go-to destination. What is your favorite quote? “My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” – Jim Henson “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers What is your ideal Saturday? My ideal Saturday would be sleeping in, going to the Farmer’s Market, then coming home and grilling on the deck while my daughters run around the backyard. What person, alive or deceased, would you most want to have dinner with? Jim Henson is a man that demonstrated incredible innovation and attention to detail, all while being a humble leader. I’ve been a life-long fan of the Muppets and all of his creations. He died when I was only 5 years old but he will forever be a major influence in my life.
We love that our product promotes healthy vision for those with AMD, dry eye, and other vision related issues. One of the best parts of our job is getting to know our customers and their stories. We have the unique opportunity to form relationships with our doctors and their patients. Now we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know us in our new series: “Meet Our Team”. First in our series is our Chief Operations Officer, Clint Worley. What was your experience with eye health before starting with Focus Vitamins? None what so ever. I come from a global operations background, that has allowed me to leverage that knowledge in the eye health industry. The best news is that I am surrounded by employees and partners that are some of the most hardworking and respected individuals in the retina community, and that helps a lot. We all learn from each other and complement each other’s skillsets nicely. What was your first job? My first job was when I was 16. I worked at a local golf course, driving the range picker and cleaning golf carts during the afternoon hours. The best part of the job was the benefit of free golf whenever I wasn’t working or at school. What city/state do you call home? Corning, NY is where I call home. Technically, it’s Big Flats, NY, but nobody has ever heard of that. Currently, my family and I reside in Gainesville, VA. Do you prefer your vacation to be at the beach, in the mountains, or in a city? My dream vacation would probably be in the mountains. Being off the grid is something that really helps me relax and unwind. What is your favorite quote? I have two: “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching” and “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters”. Both speak to me in terms of really understanding what is important and what is not. What is your ideal Saturday? My ideal Saturday would definitely happen in the fall, so I can watch my Virginia Tech Hokies play some football. After that, some play time with the family so I can be a kid again, followed up with a home cooked meal and s’mores by the fire pit. What person, alive or deceased, would you most want to have dinner with? Phil Mickelson, without a doubt. It’s hard to come by a sports icon that has represented the game and his career with the amount of class and respect that he has. He has done everything the right way, and I would love to hear how he has accomplished that.
Let's raise a glass to eye health!
Alcohol in moderation is generally advised to maintain good eye and overall health. But over-consumption of alcohol can lead to a toxic, progressive optic neuropathy (optic atrophy) which can cause visual impairment and damage to the optic nerve cells. This damage leaves colours appearing washed in the affected eye, or in severe cases, even vision loss. It is advised that men drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week and no more than 4 units in one day. For women, the recommended alcohol intake is no more than 14 units per week and 3 units in one day. You can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer with one of our delicious healthy eye recipes.
If you start noticing changes in your vision, see your eye doctor immediately. Some trouble signs to look for are double vision, hazy vision and difficulty seeing in low light conditions. Other signs and symptoms of potentially serious eye problems that warrant immediate attention include red eyes, frequent flashes of light, floaters, and eye pain and swelling.
Good news for coffee and tea drinkers! Two servings of a caffeinated beverage daily are good for protecting against dry eyes. The caffeine helps the human body produce tears, which keep the eyes moist. However, keep in mind that more than two servings can deplete your tear film and dry out your eyes, which can contribute to irritation.
- Dry eye can be a hassle, especially while trying to enjoy a vacation with family. There are some ways to minimize the irritation and other ways to avoid irritants.According to Dr. Pamela Lowe, OD, FAA, “Airplane air quality tends to be drier and more irritating to the eye, especially if you’re a contact lens wearer.” Keeping a bottle of rewetting or lubricating drops will help give instant relief. It's also a good idea to remove contact lenses during airplane travel so your eyes won't be irritated. When you reach your destination, be sure to also remove your contact lenses before entering a public pool or hot tub. The chemicals used to clean the water can be irritating to sensitive eyes. There may also be lingering bacteria from other guests. And don't forget your protective eyewear! Whether your destination is on the beach or in the snowy mountains, our eyes need protection from the sun's UV rays. Wearing glasses is especially important for contact lens wearers.
- Have your eyes been red, watery and feeling gritty? These are some of the most common symptoms of dry eye. Dry eye can be aggravated by staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, certain medications, or even from your location. While artificial tears can add some moisture to your eyes, it's only temporary. Take advantage of these tips to help keep your eyes more moist for a longer period of time: 1. Bat those eyes oftenTears are made up of many elements; one being oil. When people blink, they wipe that protective layer of oil over the surface of their eye, which helps to keep the eyes moist. If someone is spending a lot of time staring at a computer screen, reading a book or whatever it may be, their blinking is going to slow down. Remind yourself to follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes for 20 seconds, look at an object at least 20 feet away. This will keep your blinking at an ideal rate and help keep your eyes moist. 2. Add fatty acids to your dietEating foods rich in fatty acids can help replenish the oils in your eye. Foods such as walnuts and fish, like salmon, should be incorporated in your diet. As an alternative, you can also take a fish oil supplement to get your dose of healthy fats. 3. Use a humidifierHot, dry air indoors can deplete the moisture in your eyes. Whether you're at home or work, use a humidifier to help circulate the local moisture. 4. Avoid the windWind causes moisture to evaporate from the surface of the eye much faster than it should. If you have dry eye, you should avoid gusty conditions and devices that blow air, such as hair dryers & fans. If you have to be outside in windy conditions, wearing eyewear can help block the breeze.
- Nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, and omega-3s are important for healthy vision. Enjoy this recipe from the American Optometric Association; it's filled with these nutrients! Servings: 4 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil1 clove garlic, minced2 tablespoons lemon juice4 four-ounce tuna steaks (preferably sushi grade)1/3 cup red onion, minced2 oranges, peeled with all pith removed, and cubed1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and cubed1/4 cup cilantro, choppedjuice of 1 limesalt and pepper to tasteCooking Instructions: Blend olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice in a shallow pan. Add tuna, turn to coat evenly, cover and marinate for up to 1 hour.In a medium bowl, blend onion, oranges, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, and salt & pepper. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.Place steaks in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 2 minutes per side for medium rare (3 to 4 minutes per side for well done). Serve with salsa spooned over top.
- Ahh Spring! It's a love/hate relationship for some. Although most look forward to the warm weather that Spring brings, those with seasonal allergies may not be so excited. Springtime is the start of red, itchy, watery eyes and runny noses for those that suffer from allergies. If you're looking to spend some time in the sun and enjoy the breeze outside, you can control your symptoms to a degree. Aside from over-the-counter medicine and prescription drugs, follow these 5 steps to minimize your symtpoms: Wear Sunglasses/Eyeglasses - Wearing eyewear when outside is a great way to protect your eyes from pollenKeep Your Windows Closed - This includes your windows at home and while you're in the car. Leaving either of these windows open allows pollen to blow right inRemove Outerwear When Returning Inside - Take off your jacket, hat and shoes as soon as you get into the house to avoid tracking pollen inside. Avoid hanging laundry outside to dry; this will easily track pollen inside as well. Bathe Before Bed - Take a shower before you hit the hay to remove any pollen from your skin and hair.Check the Weather Forecast - Monitoring the pollen count can help you determine when to spend the most and least time outside and will help you determine when to follow the above steps when the counts are really high. If you follow these steps, we hope you are able to enjoy the sunshine a little bit more!
- Dr. Farr is sharing this delicious salad recipe with us to support healthy vision. Making 4-6 servings, this salad is great as a meal topped with grilled chicken or salmon. The dressing can be made several hours ahead and refrigerated. Spinach Salad with Berry Vinaigrette(Serves 4-6) Ingredients: 4 cups baby spinach 1/2 cup kale cut into thin strips 1 cup blueberries 1 cup strawberries 1/2 cup raspberries 1 apple (preferably Gala or Green) cored and sliced thin with skin on 1/4 cup dried cherries 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese 1/4 cup walnuts (candied if you wish) 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon Flax seed oil 2 tablespoons honey Directions: Place 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, red wine vinegar, olive oil, flax seed oil, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. Mix the spinach with the kale and place in center of plates. Garnish with the next seven ingredients and top with 2 tablespoons of dressing. Doctor’s Note:This salad is great as a meal topped with grilled chicken or salmon, as shown. The dressing can be made several hours ahead and refrigerated. If you're not getting the nutrients you need from your diet, you may want to consider Focus Vision Supplements eye vitamins. For the written recipe and directions, please visit Dr. Farr's website.