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VNTV Episode #6 – Importance of Eye Exams for Children

Don’t look now but August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.   What if a child never had his eye sight checked, how would he know if he had any sight problems?  A child that has problems seeing, or being light sensitive, or experiencing a blurriness of vision would tend believe this type of ‘seeing’ to be normal and not tell anybody about his vision problem.

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month raises awareness  about children and their vision. One out of every four school age children has some type of vision problem. It is important to know if your child has a vision problem and to protect their eyes from harm.

With the new school year swiftly coming, can little Suzy or Johnny see the blackboard or read their school books?  Is Suzy squinting her eyes at the blackboard from her first row seat?  Is Johnny covering up one eye so the words on the book page don’t become ‘double’?    Does either one seem easily surprised or jumpy when someone walks softly up to them?

Vision problems can include sitting really close to the television, short attention span, excessive blinking or squinting, and poor coordination when throwing or catching. Many pediatricians will perform a simple eye exam around 3 years of age.

According to Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America, “Vision problems affect one in four school-aged children.  We want all children to make sure their child’s eye problems do not go unnoticed this school year.  A child should not have to struggle in school because of an undetected vision problem.”

Having yearly eye check-ups with your doctor or an optometrist is always a good idea, or talking with the school system or local government to find out about free children eye exams.

Though most eye problems in children can be corrected if detected and treated early, it is possible for a child to have a serious vision problem and be unaware of it. To prevent eye injuries in children, it is important for parents and caregivers to understand the most common dangers such as the misuse of toys, accidental falls, mishandling of sharp objects such as pens and forks, contact with harmful household products, and sports injuries.

“Certain eye problems, if left untreated, even for a short time, can lead to permanent vision loss, so it is important to maintain appropriate eye care and attend regular check-ups,” said Anthony Caputo, MD, Medical Director, The Children’s Eye Care Center of New Jersey at CMMC.

According to Prevent Blindness America, immediate medical help should be obtained if a child shows any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Obvious pain or trouble seeing
  • Cuts or tears in the eyelid
  • One eye does not move as well as the other, or one sticks out more than the other
  • Unusual pupil shape or size
  • Blood in the clear part of the eye
  • Something in the eye or under the eyelid that cannot be easily removed

To help avoid potential everyday eye injuries, parents and caregivers of small children should use safety gates on stairs to prevent falls, pad sharp corners on furniture, place locks on drawers and cabinets that contain harmful substances, and keep sharp objects out of reach. Protective goggles and helmets should be worn when playing sports.

In addition, children are at an even higher risk of the sun’s UV rays’ harmful effects, as their eyes do not yet have the same ability as adults do to better protect against UV radiation. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses large enough to shield children’s eyes from most angles are recommended.

VNTV Episode #5 – Nutrition and the Eyes Part Two with Dr. Hoang Ho, OD

Filmed on July 8th, 2011, we finished our discussion on the proper supplementation to insure great eye health and overall physical health. Our emphasis was on strong anti-oxidants that help the body rid of free radicals which can cause cancer and other degenerative diseases. We also went into detail about diabetic retinopathy caused by diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, discussing why OPC-3 and omega 3 fish oils are considered extremely potent agents. There is a huge variance in quality when it comes to these products especially the fish oils so we will recommend the very best.

What Makes nutraMetrix Isotonix OPC-3® Unique?

nutraMetrix Isotonix OPC-3® is an isotonic-capable food supplement that is made from a combination of bilberry, grape seed, red wine and pine bark extracts, and citrus extract bioflavonoids, all found to be powerful antioxidants. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) are bioflavonoids (complex organic plant compounds) found in fruits, vegetables and certain tree barks that provide exceptional nutritional benefits to the human body. Studies have shown OPCs to be up to 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals. nutraMetrix Isotonix OPC-3 contains the only isotonic form of Pycnogenol® in the world. Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and the most clinically researched and potent bioflavonoid.*

Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state.

Isotonix® dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do to in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.

What Makes Heart Health™ Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E Unique?

Heart Health Essential Omega III with Vitamin E is a superior product due to a number of factors. The best fish are used to produce a clean and safe product that is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It also contains 3000mg of fish oil where most other commercial products contain a third of the total fish oil contained in Heart Health Essential Omega III. Heart Health Essential Omega III comes from small fish where other competitive products use large fish which are more likely to accumulate toxins. Heart Health Essential Omega III provides a high quality, high purity product with significant percentages of the health promoting EPA and DHA.

The fish oil in Heart Health Essential Omega III with Vitamin E comes from sardines and anchovies harvested off the coast of Peru. Not only do anchovies and sardines have a high omega III content, they also have high percentages of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Anchovies and sardines have a short lifecycle making them an ideal source of fish oil because they are less prone to accumulating environmental toxins that can be found in larger, longer-lived fish. Contaminants are generally low in sardines and anchovies even before they go through an intense purification process. Every batch of fish oil is hand selected and tested prior to processing by our manufacturer and must pass more than 200 quality checks during the production process.

Recent research has shown that that fish oil may be beneficial in supporting cognitive function by helping the body manage stress and enhance mood. It may also promote a healthy complexion. In an article published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the effects of Omega-3 Fish oil supplementation was shown to be beneficial for healthy cognitive and cardiac functioning. The study shows that supplementing with fish oil daily can rapidly raise the levels of EPA and DHA in cardiac tissue. This is important because both EPA and DHA have been proven to help maintain normal plasma triglycerides. In addition, DHA has been shown to help maintain blood pressure and blood viscosity. This study also showed an inverse relationship between EPA/DHA and arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid. As EPA and DHA increased in atrial (heart tissue) phospholipids, AA decreased.1

Heart Health™ Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E provides the three grams of omega III that studies reveal is the most effective amount to promote overall cardiovascular health. Fish oils have been clinically demonstrated to provide a host of benefits that successfully promote cardiovascular health. Essential Omega III Fish Oil helps maintain normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, promotes healthy blood pressure levels, helps maintain healthy levels of C-reactive protein, helps maintain normal blood flow and helps enhance mood. The fish oil used in Essential Omega III is tested twice, once by the manufacturer and then by an independent testing company for mercury, lead, PCB, and other heavy metals. Both tests confirm that Heart Health Essential Omega III Fish Oil is free of mercury, lead, PCPs, and other heavy metals. We only use fish oil that meets or exceeds standards set by Canada (CFIA), the European Union (EU) and the United States (CRN).*

Poor cardiovascular health is one of the leading causes of death and illness in the United States, accounting for one out of every two deaths in both men and women. Poor cardiovascular health is becoming a worldwide epidemic. An unhealthy diet of processed, high-calorie, high-fat foods, pollution, smoking and sedentary lifestyles all contribute to poor heart health. Not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, exercising regularly and taking the right supplements can all contribute to promoting good cardiovascular health. Clinical trials have shown that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) may help to maintain normal levels of triglycerides and cholesterol, support healthy blood pressure and promote normal platelet activity.*

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VNTV Episode #4 – Laser Vision Correction with special guest Dr. Max Parikh, MD

This new episode was filmed June 7th talking about the latest advancements in Laser Vision Correction. We are honored to have Dr. Max Parikh, MD as our special guest to present an informative and captivating show to our audience. Dr. Parikh practices at Nvision Laser Centers located in La Jolla.

Max Parikh, MD, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine. He completed his medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School and his residency in Ophthalmology at the world-renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He completed two advanced fellowship training programs: one in anterior segment and cataract surgery and the other in cornea and refractive surgery. Both of these fellowships were performed in conjunction with Dr. Robert Sinskey, a world-famous ophthalmologist who is a pioneer in cataract and vision correction surgery.

Dr. Parikh is one of the few ophthalmologists in the country with dual fellowship training.

Dr. Parikh is well known and respected Lasik Surgeon in the San Diego and Riverside community. He is the team ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon for the San Diego Chargers professional football team and for the San Diego Gulls professional hockey team. He has corrected the vision of numerous police officers, firefighters, and military personnel. He is also the Channel 10 Eye Care and LASIK expert for San Diego.

Dr. Parikh is an active member in the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has been the recipient of many awards, has published several scientific papers, and most recently was awarded the best paper honor at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting.


VNTV Episode 3 – Nutrition and the Eyes with special guest Dr. Hoang Ho, OD

We filmed our third episode for VietNewsTV on Friday May 6. Our special guest was Dr. Hoang Ho, who is the owner/optometrist of Healthy I Care Optometry located inside the Walmart in the Clairemont area.

This is the brief outline of topics that was discussed
Dry eyes:  Artificial tears and Omega 3 fatty acid.

Cornea:  Arcus by hypercholesteremia.

Lens:  cataract prevention

Vitreous:  PVD

Retina:  Supplements for ARMD, Glaucoma, DM, HTN, and other supportive components for normal healthy tissues.

An emphasis on OPC-3 will be discussed on the second episode and here is a brief overview.

OPC, a 3-letter acronym for Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complex, is commonly known as super antioxidant, 20 times stronger than Vitamin C and 50 times stronger than Vitamin E. An OPC supplement in isotonic form has been proven to be the most effective for absorption in the human body, and to be the most popular in the OPC consumers, if the OPC complex is derived from a combination of 3 natural product extracts – pine bark, grape seed and red wine extracts.
OPC Antioxidants are considered the best antioxidants available to humans. Derived from grape seed extract, pine tree bark and other sources, OPC Antioxidants are a powerful mixture of all natural, free radical neutralizers that provide a plethora of health benefits including increased circulation and blood flow, improved cardiovascular health and improved brain function. It can even help reduce stress, reverse the aging process and offset symptoms and ailments resulting from serious diseases like Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Macular Degeneration.