Larry Alexander, OD FAAO (1947 - 2016)


My heart is broken hearing of Larry's passing. Anyone who knew Larry was a better person for it. Last week Larry asked me to remove EyeLessons in its entirety so I reluctantly took it down. He also told me I could do with it whatever I want with it, so I'm putting it back up so others can enjoy Larry's style of education for a little longer.  EyeLessons was a labor of love, and I was constantly amazed at the content output by one of Optometry's leading educators.

Larry, I will miss you. It was an honor working with you and calling you a friend.

-Adam Parker, OD
(the guy behind the scenes of EyeLessons)

posted April 18, 2016

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Articles tagged with: Nutraceuticals

Ocular Side Effects of Systemic Drugs and Nutraceuticals


Ocular Side Effects of Systemic Drugs and Nutraceuticals

Health care providers should be cognizant of the potential side effects of the various medications prescribed to their patients by other providers.  Those concerns must include self-prescribed over the counter agents.  The pharmacist is the coordinator of the team regarding prescriptive medications.  Included in the list of potential offenders should be some of the over-the-counter medications and nutraceuticals with some attention to the interaction of the various combinations in the management of the patients.  For example, patients often do not consider the interactions of supplemental vitamin E or Gingko Biloba with often used anti-coagulants.  Questioning of patients regarding all supplements that they may use is critical and must be recorded in the chart.

Literature Review - Feb 2014

Macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are thought to be associated; however, the details are not yet clearly understood. This study aimed at investigating how retinal anatomical structures relate with the spatial MPOD distribution in single eyes. Study setting and methods: In a subgroup of the third follow-up examination of the Münster Aging and Retina Study (MARS) cohort (mean age 78.4 years), 124 single eyes of 79 participants were examined. MPOD was assessed using 2-wavelength autofluorescence (AF). Retinal thickness (RT) and fovea pit profile slopes were measured using optical coherence tomography (OCT). 

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