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This is definitely the age of social media and cyber space! Then other day, I had one of our younger employees ask “What is a yellow page?” Check out our facebook page and follow us on Twitter. To keep you up to date with the latest and greatest in children’s vision and learning I am sharing a link to an excellent blog site that has many articles, videos, and comments from patients, parents and professionals about the effects that vision problems can have on learning.  Please subscribe to this blog yourself to get updates, and share this with the colleagues, friends, patients, clients, and parents who may benefit.

http://visionhelp.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/vision-academic-problems-and-the-emotional-fallout/>>

This is definitely the age of social media and cyber space! Then other day, I had one of our younger employees ask “What is a yellow page?” Check out our facebook page and follow us on Twitter. To keep you up to date with the latest and greatest in children’s vision and learning I am sharing a link to an excellent blog site that has many articles, videos, and comments from patients, parents and professionals about the effects that vision problems can have on learning.  Please subscribe to this blog yourself to get updates, and share this with the colleagues, friends, patients, clients, and parents who may benefit.

http://visionhelp.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/vision-academic-problems-and-the-emotional-fallout/>>

This is a delicious way to get anti-oxidants and lutein, which are GREAT for the retina and macula!

Blueberry-Ricotta Pancakes

 

·                           1/2 cup(s) whole-wheat pastry flour

·                           1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour

·                           1 teaspoon(s) sugar

·                           1 teaspoon(s) baking powder

·                           1/4 teaspoon(s) baking soda

·                           1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly grated nutmeg

·                           3/4 cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese

·                           1 large egg

·                           1 large egg white

·                           1/2 cup(s) nonfat buttermilk

·                           1 teaspoon(s) freshly grated lemon zest

·                           1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice

·                           2 teaspoon(s) canola oil, divided

·                           3/4 cup(s) fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries


Directions

1.                             Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg in small bowl. Whisk ricotta, egg, egg white, buttermilk, lemon zest and juice in large bowl until smooth. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined.

2.                             Brush a large nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon oil and place over medium heat until hot. Using a generous 1/4 cup batter for each pancake, pour batter for 2 pancakes into pan, sprinkle blueberries on each pancake, and cook until edges are dry and bubbles begin to form, about 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Repeat with remaining oil, batter, and berries, adjusting heat as necessary to prevent burning.

Find more this and more great recipes from Realage.com

What You Need to Know about Glaucoma

 

Everyone should be concerned about glaucoma because the symptoms of this serious disease are “silent.” Glaucoma is nearly always painless, and slowly robs you of vision-without you being aware of it. Only regular visits to our office will reveal the signs that you are at risk for glaucoma or already have the disease.

 

What causes it?

Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve is damaged. It is associated with elevated pressure inside the eye, or intraocular pressure (IOP). That’s why we measure your IOP with a tonometer every time you every time you come for a routine checkup.

The increase in pressure can happen when the passages that normally allow fluid to flow through your eyes become clogged or blocked. The reasons that the passages become blocked are not known. When the internal pressure increases, the nerve fibers in the optic nerve become damaged, and vision is affected.

Another way that we evaluate glaucoma is by measuring your visual fields. We use a computerized instrument that projects spots of light, and you indicate during the test which spots you see. A visual fields test helps us determine how much your vision has been affected.

How is it treated?

Treatment often includes the use of a drop or drops which you must place in your eyes every day. The drops can help control your eye pressure. Sometimes the dosage will be adjusted, or the type of drop will be changed, so the drops are more effective in controlling IOP. This, in turn, will minimize the damage caused to the optic nerve.

There are also laser surgery and microsurgery for glaucoma that can not be controlled with drops. Laser surgery slightly increases the outflow of the fluid from the eye or eliminates fluid blockage. Microsurgery is performed to create a new channel to drain the ocular fluid.

Some people are considered “glaucoma suspects.” This means you are more likely to develop glaucoma versus the average person. We will check you IOP more often, run several additional tests and pay close attention to any changes. The purpose is to begin medication as soon as it is needed, so that your vision is not affected. You might be a glaucoma suspect if you are over age 45, have a family history of glaucoma, are African American, have diabetes, or are extremely near-sighted.

Is there a cure?

There is no sure for glaucoma, but the disease can be managed over time. At our office, we have quite a few glaucoma patients, and we are experienced in prescribing the appropriate medications and monitoring your eye health. Good eye health care can minimize the damage that glaucoma can dot o your vision.

What can I do?

1. Have an annual routine checkup that includes measurement of IOP.

2. Call the office immediately if you experience vision loss, narrowing of vision (tunnel vision), haloes around lights, pain in the eye, an eye that looks hazy, nausea or vomiting in conjunction with any of these other symptoms.

3. Take all medications exactly as prescribed, and report any concerns or problems to your doctor  

 

 

This is a fun one that I found! Loaded with anti-oxidants that our retinas love!

 

Spinach Cake from 1001recipe.com :

 

Spinach: 1/2-1 cup cooked
Flour: 3 cups
Sugar: 1+1/4 cups
Eggs: 4
Vegetable Oil: 1/2 cup
Butter: 1 stick (1/4 lb or 100 grams), at room temperature
Milk: 1/2 cup
Baking powder: 2.5 tsp
Vanilla powder: a pinch
Salt: a pinch
Lemon zest: 1 tsp


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Steam spinach. Remove excess water and puree in a food processor.

3. Mix sugar, oil and butter and using your electric mixer, beat for 5 min.

4. Add eggs one by one and beat 30 seconds after each addition.

5. Add spinach puree and the rest of the main ingredients. Mix well.

6. Pour the cake mixture into a 10-inch (25 cm) oven proof square pan.

7. Bake the cake for 35-40 min or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool down for at least 15 min.