Lebanon, Tennessee (PRWEB) December 18, 2013
While it’s normal for eyesight to decline over the years, some of the leading causes of blindness in the United States such as Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can be devastating for patients who receive that diagnosis. Often, patients are highly depressed when told there’s nothing that can be done, but Dr. John Pino, a Tennessee optometrist with a Ph.D. in nutrition, counsels his patients with a two-prong approach involving technology and nutrition.
As an optometrist who specializes in low vision, Dr. Pino, who completed rigorous training via the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), recommends that patients who were told there was no hope call his office for an evaluation.
“Many Low Vision patients are afraid that life as they knew it is over,” says Dr. Pino, who has offices in Lebanon, Columbia and Knoxville, Tennessee. “Their outlook completely changes after a Low Vision exam. I help my patients to realize they have choices which will allow them to do the things we all take for granted, like reading or just watching the faces of their grandchildren,” he said.
There’s plenty of scientific evidence to suggest a strong connection between diet and vision. A Tufts University study shows that eating high glycemic foods quickly raise blood sugar and may accelerate the development of retinal changes that are precursors to developing AMD. Further, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that the higher nutritional values of certain B vitamins could be important in the prevention of AMD, the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 55.
While a diagnosis of AMD, Glaucoma or any other Low Vision issue is indeed overwhelming, Dr. Pino, a cancer survivor who experienced a tough diagnosis himself and battled it in part via nutrition,
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