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Eternal NYC Restaurant Week: Doctor LASEK’s Anecdote

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Park Avenue LASEK shared today the person behind the continuity of the exuberant NYC Restaurant Week for all these years: Emil Chynn. New York restaurant week is one of the most famous institutions for food enthusiasts in the United States. It provides the opportunity for the average person to enjoy and experience gourmet haute cuisine at famous establishments, many of which have Michelin star ratings, that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Restaurant week started as a onetime affair for the Democratic National Convention in 1992. It was a great success for all the delegates attending from out of town. Almost nobody knows who had the idea of extending restaurant week to become a permanent annual event. Interestingly, the person who came up with this idea was not a chef, nor a restaurant owner, nor a food critic, rather a prominent eye surgeon who was born in NYC and had an interest in cuisine.

"Why would I, Emil Chynn, be interested in extending restaurant week and putting my life at risk for fellow New Yorkers who are also strangers? Because I am very New York loyal and as a native New Yorker I am committed to doing initiatives to help my community," he says.

"For example, in the West Village I put up a lending library so that neighbors can borrow, lend, and trade books which was extremely useful during the pandemic because people were at home without normal social interaction. The following is the editorial I wrote to the New York Times which was published on July 15, 1992 with the idea of extending restaurant week to become an everlasting event and this initiative succeeded because it was rapidly adopted by several celebrity chefs.

"This year Restaurant Week is taking on added significance because of the pandemic as New Yorkers have faced a challenge of being the number one hotspot the past spring in terms of death. I was one of the few eye surgeons in Manhattan who kept my office open throughout the pandemic and I believe that New Yorkers need an occasion to cheer themselves up. Therefore, I am supporting Restaurant Week this year by giving coupons to anyone who visits my office for a Free LASEK Consultation to enjoy Restaurant Week on me!"

He adds, "Don't get me wrong. I'm as glad as the next New Yorker that we put on our best face for the Democratic National Convention. But why can't some of the great events we came up with be repeated every year?

"Today, for example, I had a memorable lunch at elegant Le Perigord for $19, courtesy of the delegate dine-out program. This evening, I strolled along Fifth Avenue, which was turned briefly into a pedestrian mall, with every museum along Museum Mile free to the public, and street artists and musicians performing on each corner. This, too, was organized for the convention.

"Finally, on my way home, I debated about taking the subway, which was particularly scary just last week. I needn't have worried. On the platform to greet me were not one but four of New York's finest.

"I realize these are days of financial constraint. But many of the best events were privately, not publicly, funded. If American Express and Coca-Cola can sponsor the dine-out program this year, why not every year, perhaps on a smaller scale, with more sponsors? Many participating restaurants, I hear, made money on the promotion, with free exposure, to boot. It takes imagination and commitment to improve our city. For the convention, New Yorkers have shown that we have imagination. Now let's see if our leaders have the commitment. EMIL WILLIAM CHYNN New York, July 15, 1992."

About Emil Chynn, Park Avenue LASEK:

Based in NYC, NY. Park Avenue LASEK, owned by Emil Chynn, is the largest non-cutting laser vision correction in the United States, and has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Discovery Channel, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He was the first eye surgeon in New York to get LASIK himself, and in 2001 switched to the newer, safer, non-cutting LASEK procedure, and since then has performed about 25,000 LASEKs, which is the most of any surgeon in the United States.

In 2019 Chynn became the first eye surgeon in the world to perform LASEK on himself, which he did to emphasize that this newer, safer, non-cutting procedure that he helped invent while at Harvard is so much safer than the older cutting LASIK procedure that it is possible to laser his own self! He was also the first doctor to arrive at ground zero on 9/11 and was the only medical doctor on that day who set up the triage center and emergency room.

You can see the photographs (which have been exhibited around the world) at https://parkavenuelasek.com/911-volunteer/.

Please contact us for more information and wishing you and loved ones a happy and healthy 2021!

Learn more about Park Avenue LASEK at: https://parkavenuelasek.com/

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Local Ophthalmology practice celebrates seven and a half years with Retina Specialist Matthew Cole, M.D.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Ophthalmology practice Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun celebrates a special seven and a half year anniversary to commemorate the addition of Retina Specialist Matthew Cole, M.D., to the team of Knoxville eye doctors.

A native of Johnson City, Dr. Cole joined Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun as Retina Specialist after finishing his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and completing a year-long Retina Fellowship at UK. Since then, he has been consistently meeting an evident need for his patients.

There are many diseases that can specifically affect the retina, which is the thin tissue at the back of the eye responsible for converting light to images sent to the brain. Some common conditions and diseases of the delicate retina include retinal tear, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration, among others. Virtually all of these conditions can manifest in vision problems, even blindness if left untreated. Those diagnosed with these conditions are likely to be referred to a retina specialist to combat the ill effects of any of these conditions.

"That's why having a doctor on staff who specializes in diseases of the retina is so important for our patients," Dr. Philip Campbell, Ophthalmologist, said. "All the doctors at the practice treat retinal conditions, but with Dr. Cole specializing in that area specifically, it provides a more focused avenue for care without any need for referral to an outside source. And our patients especially appreciate the convenient, time-efficient injections for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration that Dr. Cole provides."

Dr. Cole said he prides himself on his interactions with his patients. After all, when a person's vision is on the line, fear can certainly be a big part of the equation. But Cole makes it a point to be a reassuring voice amid the uncertainty.

"The fear of losing eyesight for many is a day-to-day burden," Cole said. "As a Retina Specialist, I enjoy being able to help calm the fears of my patients, which is certainly appealing. Helping their quality of life is what drives me to do my very best every time I visit with a patient."

In addition to being heavily experienced at retinal injections for diabetic and macular degeneration, Dr. Cole also highlighted ongoing advancements in technology with helping him provide that next-level care his patients deserve.

"I'm excited to be here," said Dr. Cole. "And it amazes me how much retina care is needed in this area. It just goes to show I made the right career choice."

Dr. Cole sees patients at offices in Knoxville, Farragut, Maryville and Sevierville. In addition to retinal conditions, he emphasized that he and the rest of the staff of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun pride themselves on serving the entire family's eye care needs all under one roof.

For more information on Dr. Cole or any of the services available at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, call (865) 584-0905 or visit https://www.ccteyes.com/.

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Local Ophthalmology practice celebrates seven and a half years with Retina Specialist Matthew Cole, M.D.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Ophthalmology practice Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun celebrates a special seven and a half year anniversary to commemorate the addition of Retina Specialist Matthew Cole, M.D., to the team of Knoxville eye doctors.

A native of Johnson City, Dr. Cole joined Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun as Retina Specialist after finishing his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and completing a year-long Retina Fellowship at UK. Since then, he has been consistently meeting an evident need for his patients.

There are many diseases that can specifically affect the retina, which is the thin tissue at the back of the eye responsible for converting light to images sent to the brain. Some common conditions and diseases of the delicate retina include retinal tear, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration, among others. Virtually all of these conditions can manifest in vision problems, even blindness if left untreated. Those diagnosed with these conditions are likely to be referred to a retina specialist to combat the ill effects of any of these conditions.

"That's why having a doctor on staff who specializes in diseases of the retina is so important for our patients," Dr. Philip Campbell, Ophthalmologist, said. "All the doctors at the practice treat retinal conditions, but with Dr. Cole specializing in that area specifically, it provides a more focused avenue for care without any need for referral to an outside source. And our patients especially appreciate the convenient, time-efficient injections for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration that Dr. Cole provides."

Dr. Cole said he prides himself on his interactions with his patients. After all, when a person's vision is on the line, fear can certainly be a big part of the equation. But Cole makes it a point to be a reassuring voice amid the uncertainty.

"The fear of losing eyesight for many is a day-to-day burden," Cole said. "As a Retina Specialist, I enjoy being able to help calm the fears of my patients, which is certainly appealing. Helping their quality of life is what drives me to do my very best every time I visit with a patient."

In addition to being heavily experienced at retinal injections for diabetic and macular degeneration, Dr. Cole also highlighted ongoing advancements in technology with helping him provide that next-level care his patients deserve.

"I'm excited to be here," said Dr. Cole. "And it amazes me how much retina care is needed in this area. It just goes to show I made the right career choice."

Dr. Cole sees patients at offices in Knoxville, Farragut, Maryville and Sevierville. In addition to retinal conditions, he emphasized that he and the rest of the staff of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun pride themselves on serving the entire family's eye care needs all under one roof.

For more information on Dr. Cole or any of the services available at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, call (865) 584-0905 or visit https://www.ccteyes.com/.

Related link: https://www.ccteyes.com/

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Knoxville eye care provider offers exclusive designer frames under the brand Optique 865

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- EyeCare Optical, a local eye care provider in East Tennessee, can now add the title of "designer" to its list of specialties thanks to the unveiling of a new line of designer eyeglass frames under the brand Optique 865. According to opticians at the practice, this new brand focuses not on only style and high-level quality but affordability as well, all while being exclusive to the practice.

A division of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, an established Ophthalmology practice serving East Tennesseans for over six decades, EyeCare Optical decided to branch out from its already sought-after services of providing top-rated eye care to Knoxville and East Tennessee residents by offering its very own Optique 865 line to give patients another choice in fashionable, yet affordable eyewear.

John Wolfenbarger is the Optician Supervisor at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun and EyeCare Optical. He says this new line of high-quality metal and plastic frames provides patients with not only the durability they seek in eyewear but also with very unique, fashionable options.

"These frames are very well built, very durable," he said. "These are exclusive to us. So, people know if they select a style from us, there won't be thousands of people walking up and down Gay Street with the same frames. No one else in East Tennessee carries them."

As for the distinctive designs, Wolfenbarger highlighted an interesting fact about the man responsible for producing the Optique 865 fames for EyeCare Optical.

"He was a big part of the success at Charmant, which is a major designer frame vendor for the last 40+ years," he said. "He was their frame designer, and now he designs our frames himself. So there's a lot of experience that goes into this frame design. The frames are handmade and just incredible at a very good price."

Frames and designs were hand-selected by the doctors and the opticians at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun and EyeCare Optical to be the finest available for their patients. Wolfenbarger emphasized that the hinges, in particular, were designed with the utmost durability and functionality in mind.

"They're good quality. To my knowledge, there hasn't been a single pair of them broken yet," Wolfenbarger added. "Great quality. They look good. I think the shapes are outstanding. And they're ours."

Wolfenbarger added that although the frames are backed by a 2-year limited warranty.

Wolfenbarger said EyeCare Optical is proud to serve the entire family's eye care needs all under one roof EyeCare Optical offers a wide range of designer frames in addition to Optique 865 in their on-site optical shops at six locations in East Tennessee, including North Knoxville (Fountain City), Hardin Valley, Oak Ridge, Farragut, Maryville, and Sevierville. For more information on Optique 865 or any of the services available at EyeCare Optical, call (865) 584-0905.

Learn more: https://www.eyecareoptical-knoxville.com/optique-865-designer-eyeglass-frames/

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Colorado Doctors of Optometry Encourage Eating Nutrient Dense Foods This Holiday Season

DENVER, Colo. -- Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) are addressing nutrition and eye health in the December awareness theme Eating Your Way to Better Eye Health.

This holiday season Coloradan's can eat their way to better eye health by simply incorporating nutrient dense foods. Optometrists know that good eye health often starts with nutrition.

If an individual is nutritionally lacking in one area, it can create a snowball effect of health issues. "We can use nutrition to improve our eye health on a daily basis by choosing optimal foods to support our eyes. We can even incorporate these choices throughout the holiday season without skipping our holiday favorites. Remember moderation is key!" says Dr. Tom Cruse, Colorado Optometric Association Board President.

Colorado doctors of optometry agree that you should aim for eye health nutrition such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Zinc, Copper and Vitamins A, C, E & K.

View full story here and the key nutritional recommendations from optometrists: https://2020eyescolorado.org/holiday-edition-eating-your-way-to-good-eye-health/.

Learn about these four nutritional areas that can improve eye health:

* Reducing Inflammation with Cruciferous Vegetables

* Harnessing the Power of Lutein and Zeaxanthin

* Carotenoids and Vitamin A: Allies for Eye Health

* THE Omega-3 Fatty Acids!

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado - http://2020eyescolorado.org/.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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#2020EyesColorado Youth Art Contest Winners Announced

DENVER, Colo. -- 2020 Eyes Colorado and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) announce the winners of the #2020EyesColorado First Annual Youth Art Contest. Students grades 1-12 were invited to submit 2D artwork while reflecting on the value of their eyesight through the theme, A Beautiful Sight. The goal of the competition was to engage Colorado students in understanding the value of their eyes and their own eye health. The COA sponsored public health campaign, 2020 Eyes Colorado, seeks to increase eye health awareness throughout Colorado communities.

The contest launched in January of 2020 and due to the pandemic school shutdowns, the entry deadline was extended to October 15, 2020.

More than 170 Colorado students submitted paintings, drawings, digital art, and photography from all over the state. Many participants shared powerful insights on vision that will inspire other students to understand the value of their own vision.

Angelina Blanco, Grandview High School Senior and winner of her age group says, "To see is to experience the world in all its beauty. Without my vision, I wouldn't be able to witness sunsets, rainbows, or the smiles on others' faces-my biggest inspirations."

One winner from each age group was selected based on scoring from the judging panel. Prizes include a $200 donation to each winner's school, the high school winner receives an iPad Pro, the middle school winner receives a SketchBox Premium Subscription, and the elementary winner receives a Green Kids Craft Subscription Box.

The #2020EyesColorado Artist Award Recipients*

Winner Grades 9-12:
Angelina Blanco, Grandview High School

Winner Grades 6-8:
Sophia Orishev, Campus Middle School

Winner Grades 1-5:
Maxim Furmanov, Greenwood Elementary School

*View artwork submissions and the complete list of winners and honorable mentions here - https://2020eyescolorado.org/art-contest/

Entries were scored by local Colorado artists; Matthew Lit, photographer, designer and educator; Alexis Davina, fine arts and portraiture; Julie Babcock, artist of unusual mediums; and Dr. Matt Buchanan, a local optometrist and COA Board Member.

"The level of creativity and depth of thought that these young artists put forth in their entries, is so inspiring. What an immense privilege it was to be on the panel of judges," said Alexis Davina.

Matt Litt explains, "I was continually surprised by the uniqueness and creativity of so many of the entries - especially from the younger artists! Many entries spoke of an inherent artistic ability. What a great experience this has been."

"What an honor to look at so much beautiful creativity and art! It was exciting to see all the different ideas and themes relating to their individual seeing experiences. What a pleasure," noted Julie Babcock.

Stay tuned for the #2020EyesColorado Second Annual Youth Art Competition in 2021.

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign titled 2020 Eyes Colorado - https://2020eyescolorado.org/.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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EyeCare Optical Extends its Coverage of the Greater Knoxville Area with New Locations in Oak Ridge and Hardin Valley

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Earlier this year, EyeCare Optical expanded its reach in the greater Knoxville area by opening its seventh area office-this one in Oak Ridge-right on the heels of its sixth location opening in Hardin Valley. It's part of a plan, says the company, to make comprehensive eye care readily available for greater Knoxville residents in their own neighborhoods.

The brainchild of the venerable 50-plus-year-old East Tennessee Ophthalmology practice of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, EyeCare Optical is a new generation of vision centers designed for the convenience of East Tennesseans. The goal, says the company, is to meet the growing demand for neighborhood-based eye care by bringing Board-Certified optometrists and licensed opticians to all key communities in Knoxville and the surrounding area.

"With these new offices, we can now service about 70% of the area with patients not having to drive any more than 10 minutes to reach an EyeCare Optical location," said Dr. Philip Campbell. "With EyeCare Optical, we combine convenience with the exceptional care we built our practice upon."

EyeCare Optical provides everything from routine eye examinations and prescriptions to an extensive selection of designer frames and lens options as well as popular sunglass options. Optometrists provide corrective-lens prescriptions and contact lens fittings. Plus, patients can receive next-level care that includes screenings for cataracts and other age-related eye conditions.

Patients can also be evaluated for LASIK(r) vision correction at any EyeCare Optical office, and Ophthalmologists specializing in retina, cornea, and other diseases are available with their parent practice. Because of the affiliation with Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, an EyeCare Optical optometrist can easily refer a patient needing a higher level of care to Board-Certified Ophthalmologists.

"It's convenient, comprehensive eye care," said Dr. Campbell. "That has great appeal to many people."

He noted that EyeCare Optical offices also offer innovations like Optomap, diagnostic technology that can photograph the patient's retina, allowing eye doctors a detailed image that can be studied to identify problems or diseases early on. With Optomap, the patient doesn't have to have the dilation of his or her eyes needed for traditional retina exams, eliminating disruptions, discomfort, and downtime. The doctor and patient can review and discuss the image together, which gives the patient more information on personal eye health.

"We put new technology and new levels of care minutes away," said Dr. Campbell.

EyeCare Optical has 10 Optometrists and their locations include West Knoxville at Weisgarber Road (near the county's population center) Fountain City, Hardin Valley, Farragut, Oak Ridge, Maryville, Sevierville, and Bearden (Andes EyeCare Optical) locations.

New patients are welcome. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, visit: http://www.eyecareoptical-knoxville.com/. Walk-in patients are also welcome at all locations.

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Colorado Doctors of Optometry Announce Public Health Initiative to Keep Eye Emergencies Out of Emergency Rooms This Winter

DENVER, Colo. -- Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched an October awareness initiative to educate Coloradans on Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do. This health information is currently important for Colorado communities and populations vulnerable to COVID-19 as the state approaches a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during winter.

The HPI analysis of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data shows that eye emergencies make up 1% of emergency room cases and of those reported cases 98.9% could have been handled by a local optometrist in clinic or via telehealth (*note 1). Many practices offer after hours care to address eye care emergencies making it even easier for patients to avoid emergency rooms.

COA Board President, Dr. Tom Cruse says, "During the March/April shutdown our doctors of optometry were able to stop most eye emergency cases from going to urgent care and emergency facilities, which clearly assisted in slowing the virus spread and reducing individual exposure. As usual, optometrists still have the ability to treat emergency eye cases and we want every Coloradan to know how to use our emergency services for their own health and safety."

The CDC National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) reported that overall emergency room visits declined 42% early in the pandemic, but the viral infection cases quadrupled making emergency facilities a potential risk for many Coloradans including populations that are more vulnerable to a viral infection (*note 2). Optometry's vulnerable patient population is impacted by diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, which are known to complicate COVID-19 cases (*note 3).

The October public health initiative is taking place on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #2020EyesColorado and at 2020EyesColorado.org. Colorado optometry practices across the state have also geared up to join the initiative on social media to help spread the word in their own communities.

To learn more about what to do in an eye emergency, read the newly released 2020 Eyes Colorado article Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do! - https://2020eyescolorado.org/eye-emergencies-pr/

You will learn:

* Symptoms that need immediate attention from an optometrist

* Symptoms that need an eye exam soon

* Emergencies an eye doctor can treat and what to do at home

* How to find an optometrist

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

References
*Note 1: https://www.aoa.org/documents/HPI/HCUP%20HPI%20December_2019.pdf
*Note 2: https://www.cdc.gov/nssp/index.html
*Note 3: https://www.aoa.org/AOA/Documents/Advocacy/HPI/Emergency%20Department%20Diversion%20Brief.pdf

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Pandemic Stress Can Change Eyesight and Impact Eye Health

DENVER, Colo. -- Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched a September awareness initiative to help educate Coloradans on the impact of stress on eyesight and eye health.

"The long-term stress individuals and families are experiencing this year has the potential to impact eye health in a range of ways from mild eye discomfort to vision loss. This is a health issue that is preventable and most related symptoms can be managed at home. If symptoms linger or impact your quality of life, we do recommend an optometric eye exam," says Sheryl Benjamin, COA Executive Director.

Everyone has experienced that familiar moment in a challenging situation when stress takes over the body. This is called fight, flight or freeze and it's where the body moves into protection mode. Initially, the heart may pump faster as adrenaline moves through the body, breathing becomes shallow, and pupils dilate enhancing the ability to see danger. The body is preparing for a physical threat even if the stress is from a non-physical threat like a difficult project at work or a conflict with a friend.

The individual may experience a range of stress from mild stress to high stress. The eyes also experience a range of impact due to stress from mild discomfort to debilitating vision loss.

Symptoms of Stress Impacting Vision Health:
* Tunnel vision - Loss of visual acuity in the peripheral vision. The person feels like they can only see in front of themselves.
* Light sensitivity - An intolerance to light. The person feels like they have to close their eyes when experiencing light and they feel discomfort.
* Eye twitching - Random spasms around the lid of one or both eyes.
* Very dry or very wet eyes - Both of these can be cause by stress depending on the body's response.
* Blurry vision - This is usually mild when caused by stress.
* Eye strain - Fatigue of the eyes may be caused by stress, but can also be caused by too much screen time.
* Vision Loss - The stress hormone cortisol can damage the eye and the brain. Stress is also linked to causing diseases that can lead to vision loss including glaucoma.

It's more likely that the eye's response to stress will be minor, but if any of these symptoms are impacting your quality of life or the symptoms persist contact your optometrist immediately.

Ideas to Lower Stress & Relax Your Eyes
* Reduce your screen time for a few days to reduce eye strain and give eye muscles a break.
* During screen time use the 20-20-20 Rule. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
* Participate in a daily meditation.
* Exercise daily.
* Walk outside if possible.
* Eat a healthy diet.
* Get good sleep.
* Join an online social group.
* Consider weekly mental health therapy.
* Connect with your doctor about potential medication if stress and anxiety remain unmanageable.

Optometrists know that stress impacts every system of the body including the eyes. Colorado's doctors of optometry want you to know that the benefits of managing stress on a daily basis will not only improve eye health, but overall health. Even picking one stress reducing activity daily can help. Read more at: https://2020eyescolorado.org/pandemic-stress-can-change-your-eyesight-pr/

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Colorado’s Doctors of Optometry Offer 5 Ways to Prepare for School in a Pandemic

DENVER, Colo. -- The 2020-2021 school year is starting with a baseline of caution, anxiety and an ever-changing game plan during a global pandemic. Local doctors of optometry have teamed up with the Colorado Optometric Association and 2020 Eyes Colorado to compile a unique list of five areas to consider as families near the start of school.

Many families are struggling to feel comfortable with an in-person learning environment and others are opting for distance learning this year. Regardless of the learning environment, school in Colorado will be different for now and families are attempting to plan while facing many unknowns.

However, experts do know that about 80% of what a student learns is presented visually, which makes eye health very important for student learning. Optometrists are often part of a multi-disciplinary team of health-care practitioners that contribute to diagnosing learning difficulties when challenges present in school.

Colorado doctors of optometry agree that considering five specific areas of need, families can build a healthy foundation for learning while avoiding unnecessary difficulties.

1. Assess the Student's Vision & Eye Health

It's highly recommended that each student gets a comprehensive eye exam, every year. It's even more important this year as children are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, countless lifestyle changes and more screen time than ever. This can be a recipe for vision changes that can impact learning if they aren't addressed.

A comprehensive eye exam gives the patient and doctor a look at overall physical health in addition to eye health. Optometrists are often able to diagnose general health and eye health conditions before symptoms occur. This makes early intervention and treatment possible before vision and learning is heavily impacted.

"It's so important for each student to get their eyes checked as part of supporting their learning. It's especially important to rule out a visual issue if your child is struggling with reading, headaches, coordination, blurry vision, double vision, or dry eyes. With the recent screen time increases, we want to make sure that student eye health is not a problem for the school year," says Dr. Tom Cruse, President at Colorado Optometric Association.

Visual Skills Essential for K-12 Learning
During a comprehensive eye exam an optometrist is assessing the child's visual skills in the below areas. These areas are essential for learning and if the eyes are not functioning well in these capacities learning is often impacted negatively.
* Good visual acuity at all distances
* Satisfactory eye teaming skills
* Satisfactory eye movement skills
* Satisfactory focusing skills

If a child is already experiencing learning difficulties and has one or more of the below listed symptoms, they may have a learning-related vision problem. It's recommended that the child has a comprehensive evaluation by an optometrist who specializes in children's vision and learning-related vision problems.

Symptoms of Learning-related Vision Problems*:
* Headaches or eye strain
* Blurred vision or double vision
* Crossed eyes or eyes that appear to move independently of each other (Read more about strabismus.)
* Dislike or avoidance of reading and close work
* Short attention span during visual tasks
* Turning or tilting the head to use one eye only, or closing or covering one eye
* Placing the head very close to the book or desk when reading or writing
* Excessive blinking or rubbing the eyes
* Losing place while reading, or using a finger as a guide
* Slow reading speed or poor reading comprehension
* Difficulty remembering what was read
* Omitting or repeating words, or confusing similar words
* Persistent reversal of words or letters (after second grade)
* Difficulty remembering, identifying or reproducing shapes
* Poor eye-hand coordination
* Evidence of developmental immaturity

*Symptoms list created by Think About Your Eyes, April 2017

2. Create a Family Stress Management Plan
Eye twitching, blurry vision, headaches, watery eyes or dry eyes can all be caused by stress. In fact, stress can cause vision issues and vision issues can cause stress. Don't get caught in this cycle!

This year, there are a lot of new stressors for students beyond learning and homework. Having a stress management plan for each person in the home will help everyone stay happy, healthy, learning, and working.

It's a good idea to start talking to each child about what their school day will look like and prepare them for the things that are changing.

By managing stress daily, families can then build a daily schedule and house rules around each family member that helps them find success.

3. Assure the Student is Eating Well

Nutrition can impact how we feel emotionally and physically, but it also impacts eye health. A child's eating habits can change as they experience stress and as daily schedules change. When some people experience stress they eat less and others eat more. What is healthy and effective for each student?

Making sure the child is eating enough breakfast, lunch, and dinner is helpful. Or maybe they aren't into full meals right now so making sure they are grazing throughout the day will help keep blood sugar balanced, stress low, and it also can mean less tantrums or moodiness.

10 Nutrient Dense Foods to keep eyes healthy and brains learning:
* Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids
* Nuts and legumes are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E
* Seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E
* Citrus fruits rich in vitamin C
* Leafy greens rich in lutein and zeaxanthin
* Carrots rich in vitamin A and beta carotene
* Sweet potatoes rich in beta carotene and vitamin E
* Beef is rich in zinc
* Eggs rich in lutein and zeaxanthin
* Water prevents dehydration and keeps your brain running

4. Determine How Much Exercise the Student Needs

Exercise increases blood flow to the optic nerve and retina, reduces stress, improves alertness, motivation, attention and it even helps individuals retain information.

When schedules change one of the first things to cease is healthy exercise. Whether attending school in-person or online, determine how the child get the exercise they need to thrive? How can exercise be used as a tool during the school year? Some families have students jump on a mini-trampoline or do jumping jacks before tackling homework or a school lesson. Others use it as a motivational reward. Tips for getting kids to exercise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following activity levels for:
* Children ages 3-5 years should have active play throughout the day.
* Children ages 6-17 should have one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Including;
o activities to strengthen bones 3 days per week (ex: running or jumping)
o activities to build muscles 3 days per week (ex: climbing or push- ups)

5. Address Sleep Difficulties

Dark circles around their eyes, moodiness, fatigue, difficulty learning, forgetfulness, and lack of motivation are all common signs of poor sleep. Poor sleep is not conducive to a successful learning environment and it can also strain family relationships. It's a good idea to address everyone's sleep issues in the household for optimal learning, working, playing and relating.

Sleep is clearly important for everyone and students are no exception. It's also very common for sleep to be impacted by stress and anxiety. Improving sleep could be as simple as better sleep hygiene, a new pillow, reducing stress or eliminating screen time before bed. However, sometimes there's an actual health issue at play. If sleep doesn't get better with common sense adjustments and is impacting daily life (like school) it's time to consult a doctor.

During a comprehensive eye exam an optometrist may spot signs of sleep issues including sleep apnea or other health conditions that are associated with sleep difficulties like pediatric myopia, diabetes, glaucoma, or an autoimmune disease.

The CDC recommends the following sleep quantity for:
* Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
* Ages 6-12 years: 9-12 hours per 24 hours
* Ages 13-18 years: 8-10 hours per 24 hours

Tips to Improve Sleep:
* Stick to a sleep schedule, go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time even on the weekends.
* Remove screens from the bedroom including phones, TVs, and tablets.
* Stop the use of any screen one hour before bedtime to reduce blue light exposure.
* Make sure the child's sleep environment is comfortable for them and includes their unique sleep preferences.
* Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and before bed.
* Make sure the child is getting enough exercise during the day.

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public.

For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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