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Blue light filters: fact vs. myth?

I get questions about blue light glasses every day. Are they a good idea?  The answer depends on what problem you think they solve. On the one hand, blue wavelengths are know to cause oxidative damage to retinal cells, and a lifetime of exposure does appear to contribute to cataract formation and the development of… Read More


Intense Pulsed Light: Put the Best Face on It

Are your eyes red and burning?  The problem may extend past your eyelids.  Many skin conditions affect the eyelids and ocular surface, especially oil gland and blood vessel problems like rosacea.  Often this may cause a minor eye nuisance, easily managed with relatively simple intervention, like an occasional artificial tear drop. When the eye issues… Read More


Should Doctors be Paid More for Better Results?

The idea seems straightforward and logical: doctors, medical groups and hospitals who achieve better clinical results for their patients should be rewarded — financially.This “pay for performance” idea (P4P) intuitively jibes with other aspects of capitalist society.  After all, there’s a reason why Lebron James is paid more than Lauri Markkanen. Such a system in… Read More


How to Stop Being Cynical

How to Stop Being Cynical (As published in UpJourney) Consider the people you surround yourself with  After all, it’s hard to break habits when everyone around you is doing the same thing. So if you find that many of your friends or family members are cynical too, either try to get them on board to change as well… Read More


“Can’t You Just Transplant My Eye?” One Step Closer

While transplants of human corneas and artificial intraocular lens implants are commonplace, the back portions of the eye — in particular, the optic nerve and retina — have not lent themselves to transplantation.  The retina consists of 12 layers with an enormous number of photoreceptors (120 million rod cells and 6 million cone cells) connecting… Read More


How to Prevent Your Kids’ Glasses From Getting Thicker

Strategies to Reduce Myopic Progression Or How to Prevent Your Kids’ Glasses From Getting Thicker   Close to 30% of the world’s population has myopia, or near-sightedness.  That’s almost 2 billion people!  In many communities the prevalence is much higher; 80-90% of high school graduates in East Asian countries are estimated to be myopic (British… Read More


Summer Break-Don’t Forget Dermal Hygiene!

Ultraviolet rays cause skin damage and premature aging as well as increased melanoma risk. Don’t forget to pick up a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These sit on top of your skin and physically block harmful UV rays. Zinc and titanium sunscreens are particularly useful for those with sensitive skin, eczema, and acne… Read More


Feeling Wrinkly? Line Up For a New Fine Line Solution

Radiofrequency microneedling is the hot spot for skin rejuvenation. After the age of 25, we lose 1 % of collagen every year, according to Benjamin Ticho, MD. Treat yourself to a RF microneedling treatment, promoting collagen deposition for a more youthful look. This revolutionary treatment has virtually no downtime, unlike previous microneedling and fractional laser… Read More


Dry Eye Symptoms More Common in Young People Than Previously Suspected

Are your eyes sensitive to light? Gritty or burning feeling?  Does eye discomfort limit your performance while reading, working on a computer, or driving at night? If you answered “yes”, you may be suffering from dry eyes, a condition classically associated with advancing age.  However, a recent study published in  JAMA Ophthalmology (2020; 138:58) suggests… Read More


A Guide to Medicare Benefits

Click the links below to access comprehensive information on topics like financial support and care options that are available in your area: https://www.caring.com/medicare/ https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living/illinois